ERIC Number: EJ844158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
"I Screamed for Help": A Case Study of One Grandmother's Experience with Voluntary Kinship Care
Bundy-Fazioli, Kimberly; Law, Matthew G.
Journal of Family Social Work, v9 n3 p1-18 2005
The purpose of this qualitative single case study is to explore one grandmother's experience with voluntary kinship care and child welfare services. Voluntary kinship care is pursued as a viable option when out-of-home placement is imminent. Research indicates that voluntary kinship care, as an alternative living arrangement, helps to maintain familial and community attachments as well as to minimize trauma and upheaval in a child's life. This case study identifies four major themes relating to the participant's experiences: life altering events, gaining control, daily challenges, and looking to the future. Implications for public and child welfare practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Family Relationship, Grandparents, Welfare Services, Case Studies, Qualitative Research, Grandchildren, Futures (of Society), Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Parent Child Relationship, Child Custody, Social Work
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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