Foster Care

The term “foster care” is used in a variety of ways, and, consequently, it often causes confusion and miscommunication. In the industrialized world it is generally used to refer to formal, temporary placements made by the State with families that are trained, monitored and compensated at some level. In many developing countries, however, fostering is kinship care or other placement with a family, the objective(s) of which may include the care of the child, the child’s access to education, and/or the child’s doing some type of work for the foster family.

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Spotlight: Child Welfare is a collaborative journalism project that aims to deepen and improve reporting on B.C.’s child-welfare system.

Better Care Network,

In this video, Children in Families ABLE project practitioners discuss their key learning with respect to supporting caregivers to care for children, including the importance of managing stress and expectations, developing trusting relationships and taking a whole family approach to support.

Better Care Network,

In this video Children in Families social workers share their experience of using a cluster model to enhance the social support available to foster carers in Cambodia whilst reducing the demands placed on organisational resources.

Better Care Network,

In this video, Sreyna and Chenda, two practitioners from Hagar Cambodia, discuss their learning regarding the impact of the care setting on child rehabilitation.

Better Care Network,

Comprised of 12 videos and accompanying discussion guides, this video series features the learning from practitioners working across a range of care-related programs and practices in Cambodia.

Better Care Network,

In this video, Children in Families ABLE project practitioners speak to their experience and learning around recruiting foster families to care for children with disabilities, including the types of families to target and how to use role-modeling to address issues of stigma in the community.

T Mensah, A Hjern, K Håkanson, P Johansson, A K Jonsson, T Mattsson, S Tranæus, B Vinnerljung, P Östlund, G Klingberg - Acta Paediatrica,

Decades of research confirm that children and adolescents in out‐of‐home care (foster family, residential care) have much greater healthcare needs than their peers. A systematic literature review was conducted to evaluate organizational healthcare models for this vulnerable group.

Heather N. Taussig, Lindsey M. Weiler, Edward F. Garrido, Tara Rhodes, Ashley Boat, Melody Fadell - American Journal of Community Psychology,

This study replicates and extends previous findings of the Fostering Healthy Futures (FHF) program, a 30‐week mentoring and skills group intervention for preadolescent maltreated children in foster care.

Lisa Moran, Caroline McGregor, Carmel Devaney - Qualitative Social Work,

This paper focuses on qualitative findings on how young people in long-term foster care in Ireland interpret permanence and stability.

Charles Dziro - Emerging Adulthood,

This article examines the challenges encountered by, and the opportunities available to, young adults as they transition from informal kinship-based foster care to independent living in the Bikita District of Zimbabwe.