A Review of Foster Care in Professional Counseling Journals: A 31-Year Content Analysis

Meredith A. Rausch, Laura L. Gallo, Kayla M. Kemp

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This content analysis provides a 31-year review of foster care publications and research across 24 professional counseling journals from 1991–2021. A total of 35 articles utilizing foster care as a key term were published, representing less than 1% of all possible articles (N = 11,293). The Family Journal published the highest number of foster care-centered articles (n = 18), 11 of which appeared in a special issue focusing on the subject. Professional School Counseling published the second-highest number of foster care articles (n = 4) during this period. This analysis includes an examination of publication occurrences across the thirty-one-year span, the type of article (research, non-research), research methodology, and foster care focus area. Results provide the professional counseling field with current research trends, issues, barriers, and methods for future work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-107
Number of pages5
JournalFamily Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023


  • adolescents
  • children
  • content analysis
  • counseling
  • foster care
  • post-adoptive families

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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