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A Different Childhood - What impact has Foster Care on the Life of Sons and Daughters of foster carers?

Författare och institution:
Ingrid Höjer (Institutionen för socialt arbete)
Publicerad i:
Konferensen "Chidhoods" Oslo ,
Konferensbidrag, övrigt
Sammanfattning (abstract):
This paper will present results from the research project “Growing up with foster siblings”. - 684 children and young people answered a questionnaire - Children and young people from 9 – 25 years of age were divided into three different age groups and participated in focus groups (17) and discussion groups (16) - 10 respondents were interviewed individually Foster children have often been subjected to abuse and lack of parental care. This gives sons and daughters of foster carers and insight in a deficient parenthood, which can make them resentful, angry and worried about foster siblings. Carers own children may also have to confront problematic behaviour from traumatised foster siblings, like acting out, drug abuse and depression. The ordinary everyday life in the foster family is supposed to be a rehabilitating factor for children from dysfunctional families. However – this wish for a “normal life” for children taken into care, simultaneously may create an “abnormal” life for the sons and daughters of foster carers. This fact is very seldom acknowledged by social workers. In cases were social workers informed and included children of foster carers in their case work, these had significant better relations to foster siblings.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Sociologi ->
Socialt arbete ->
Foster care, children of foster carer's, foster children, family relations
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2007-10-25 11:49

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