A literature review of the negative impact of fostering on foster carers’ own children

Fominyen, Laetitia (2010) A literature review of the negative impact of fostering on foster carers’ own children. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Although foster care is the main source of out-of-home care for children and young people, little is known about the dynamics of the foster family. The aim of the research is to examine the negative impact of fostering on foster carers’ own children in the home, looking at the historical, social and political context of foster care and how it has evolved over the years and assess the children's reaction and adjustment to fostering, particularly its impact on their psychological, educational, and social well-being and their relationships with parents and siblings. A systematic review of bibliographic databases, complemented by a hand search of key journals and grey literature was carried out. The search strategy located 11 studies and these were included in the analysis. The review methodology used a thematic and narrative approach to identifying common themes across the studies. It will further examine findings which include impact of fostering on foster carers' children, responses to loss of role and parental attention, difficult behavior, separation and placement endings and the impact of the foster care agency and social workers. The writer concludes with several recommendations designed to make fostering a more positive experience.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/789

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