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ERIC Number: EJ837861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2158
Foster Parents Speak: Preferred Characteristics of Foster Children and Experiences in the Role of Foster Parent
Rosenwald, Mitchell; Bronstein, Laura
Journal of Family Social Work, v11 n3 p287-302 Aug 2008
Foster parents play a pivotal role in the child welfare system. A study that employed focus groups with foster parents was conducted at a private foster care agency with the initial purpose of understanding the characteristics of foster children that foster parents both preferred and not preferred. In the qualitative research tradition, their answers addressed the topic of characteristics and expanded to provide additional data on their experience as foster parents. Using theme analysis, the following themes were generated: foster care as service; foster parents' preferences of foster children's characteristics; foster parents do not feel valued or trusted; increased caseworker and foster parent partnership; problems in the foster care and related systems; and focus group as support. Implications for research and practice are forwarded.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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