Relative foster care : an untapped placement alternative for children in the care system? A discussion of the central issues

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Title: Relative foster care : an untapped placement alternative for children in the care system? A discussion of the central issues
Authors: O'Brien, Valerie
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3049
Date: 1996
Abstract: Relative foster care (kinship care) offers a placement option in addition to residential and foster care, for children in need of alternative care. Historically, care by members of the extended family was viewed predominantly as an informal care arrangement within families, and in the main was not interfered with or financed by the state. Relative foster care could offer a more “child centred” option for many children unable to live with their own birth parents, as they would face less disruption through a move within their family networks. Recent years have seen a growing trend towards use of this option for children in care. The central issues for the participants involved in relative foster care are identified and discussed. Discussions needs to continue if this care option is to be utilised and developed to its optimum into the future.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Keywords: Kinship Care;Ireland
Subject LCSH: Kinship care--Ireland
Child welfare--Ireland
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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