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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 5/2010

01-10-2010 | Original Paper

The Experiment of Foster Care

Auteurs: Timothy R. Broady, Gerard J. Stoyles, Kim McMullan, Peter Caputi, Nadia Crittenden

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 5/2010

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Abstract

We sought to provide a new framework for understanding the training and ongoing support of foster parents. The experiences of authorized foster parents were viewed in the context of an experiment, whereby foster parents entered an out-of-home care placement with preconceived ideas and expectations of what the provision of care would be like. We have investigated the experience of foster care from the perspective of the foster parent who tests expectations of providing care as one might conduct any experiment. Focus group discussion yielded five global domains of foster care experience: birth family, motivation, agency influences, relationship impacts, and attachment. Foster carers commonly described these domains as central to the overall experience of providing foster care. Furthermore, specific experiences within each domain were seen to either encourage or discourage the further provision of foster care. Individual interviews regarding the practical experiences related to these domains uncovered struggles of foster parents who sought to understand their role identity as a “foster parent”, and their self identity as a “mother”. We discuss implications arising from the experience of these domains of care and their related struggles.
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Metagegevens
Titel
The Experiment of Foster Care
Auteurs
Timothy R. Broady
Gerard J. Stoyles
Kim McMullan
Peter Caputi
Nadia Crittenden
Publicatiedatum
01-10-2010
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 5/2010
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-009-9330-6