Published in 1997, this study focused on building and empirically validating a model of family centred group care. This is an alternative to the traditional model of group child care that is primarily child centred and which reflects the notion of group care as a substitute for parental care. The model represents a step forward in the conceptualization of group care practice as both child centred and family affirming. The Family Centred Group Care instrument used in the study is unique in that this is the first to measure a model of group care empirically. The book will be of interest to child welfare practitioners, social workers, child care workers and other human service personnel as well as managers of agencies that provide group care services for children and at-risk youth. Researchers and policy makers will also find this book useful as the study advances the application of empirical methodology to human service programs.