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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 2/2007

01-04-2007 | Original Paper

Motives for Fostering Children with Alcohol-Related Disabilities

Auteurs: Jason D. Brown, Nadine Sigvaldason, Lisa M. Bednar

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 2/2007

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Abstract

A sample of 63 licensed foster parents was asked, “What motivates you to foster a child who has a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder?” The responses to this question were grouped together by licensed foster parents. The grouped data were subjected to multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis. Results indicated that foster parents were motivated to care for children with alcohol-related disabilities by witnessing positive changes in the children in their care, helping children focus on their strengths, using their own parenting experience, earning an income, assisting children who have disabilities, and helping children stay connected to their families and communities. Foster parents who foster children with alcohol-related disabilities foster for similar reasons to those who foster children with special needs in general. Differences between the literature on foster parent motives and study results were described. Foster parents who are caring for children with alcohol-related disabilities see their care as specialized, see their roles as long-term helpers facilitators to children, their birth families and home communities, and emphasize positive experiences of fostering.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Motives for Fostering Children with Alcohol-Related Disabilities
Auteurs
Jason D. Brown
Nadine Sigvaldason
Lisa M. Bednar
Publicatiedatum
01-04-2007
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 2/2007
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-006-9078-1