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Sharing your life with foster siblngs

Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)
Författare Ingrid Höjer
Monica Nordenfors
Publicerad i International Foster Care Organisation - Conference "Living in a home - feeling at home?" Tampere
Publiceringsår 2002
Publicerad vid Institutionen för socialt arbete
Språk en
Ämnesord Foster care, children of foster carer's, foster children, family relations
Ämneskategorier Familjeforskning


Foster care has a great impact on children of foster carers. Their lives are affected in many ways by their parent´s commitment as foster carers. At the University of Göteborg, Department of Social Work, a recent study focuses on the situation of these children and young people. New knowledge has there been achieved through focus groups and interview groups with children and young people aged 9-25. A questionnaire has also been sent out, and in-depth interviews are planned. So far, results show that children of foster carers are much involved in the task of fostering. Relations to foster children are in many cases warm and strong, but also complicated. The key word can be said to be sharing. Children and young people have to share parental time and attention, but also attention from relatives and friends. This seems to be more difficult when foster siblings are close in age. One problem biological children have to face is also keeping secrets. They get information about foster siblings, and also from foster siblings, which they have to keep secret from friends and sometimes even for their own parents. Children of foster carers often take a great responsibility and are often troubled and worried about the situation of foster siblings. Their efforts are not recognised to the extent they should be, and it is important for all parts – foster children, foster carers and their children – to focus more on the situation of foster carer´s own children and the relations between them and their foster siblings.

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