Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Social Work

First Advisor

Ignacio Navarro


The Family and Children’s Services at Monterey County Department of Social Services (MCDSS) works to ensure that children and youth can have permanent homes by returning to birth parents if safe to do so and/ or becoming adopted. Although, MCDSS: Family and Children’s Services attempts to reunify and secure stability, too many children are aging out of the foster system without being reunified or adopted. Additionally, the MCDSS has faced challenges with retention of Resource Families (previously known as Foster Parents) in the FR process. This capstone consisted of an exploratory research project to understand barriers and opportunities in the working dynamics between Social Workers and Resource Families and the impact this has on Resource Families’ retention. The research methodology included a survey distributed to parents in the FR Cluster Group and observation of participants in the FR Cluster Group. It is recommended that Social Workers assign Resources Families to attend beneficial groups based on observations during visits.