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Using Social Media Data from Reddit to Examine the Concerns of Foster Families


This webinar will present research on how foster families, including parents and children, are faring during COVID-19. Given the challenges involving child welfare workers accessing foster families during the pandemic, the current research relied on social media data from Reddit to better understand the most pressing concerns of foster families discuss on online forums during COVID-19. The research will shed light on areas child welfare workers, programs, and policies can intervene to ally some of the challenges foster families experience during this time.

This beginner level webinar is approved for one synchronous online continuing education contact hour.


  • Joyce Lee, MSW, MS, LCSW
  • Olivia Chang, BA Candidate


  • 12:00 - 12:30pm | Comparing discussion topics most commonly mentioned before and after COVID-19 amongst foster families
  • 12:30 - 1:00pm | Implications for social work practice in serving foster families during and after COVID-19

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the topics most commonly discussed amongst foster parents on Reddit. 
  2. Examine specific contexts in which the topics occurred both for foster parents and children.  
  3. Identify trends in the topics before and after COVID-19 occurred.

CE Approval Statement

The University of Michigan School of Social Work, provider #1212, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The University of Michigan School of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 5/15/2020-5/15/2023. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 synchronous online continuing education contact hour.

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