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Exploring the inner life of the foster family. A study of family relations in families who foster.

Paper i proceeding
Författare Ingrid Höjer
Publicerad i Book of proceedings, IFCO European Foster Care Conference, Ireland
Sidor 153 - 174
ISBN 0-9526061-7-8
Publiceringsår 2000
Publicerad vid Institutionen för socialt arbete
Sidor 153 - 174
Språk en
Ämnesord Foster families, family relations, care giving
Ämneskategorier Familjeforskning


Fostering is often initiated by women, but men also play an important part and eventually get as engaged in fostering as women do. Foster carers tend to have a traditional way of organising their lives, and often live in rural areas. Motives for fostering are mainly a social interest, and a wish to live with children. To be able to handle the task of fostering, it is important for foster mothers and foster fathers to have a stable and trusting relationship. One of the most rewarding things about fostering is a closer relationship between men and women. Another rewarding aspect of fostering is that it causes foster carers to reflect upon their parenthood, of what it means to be a parent. Less rewarding aspects are that fostering make carers tired, and drains them of energy. Lack of control also put foster carers in a paradoxical situation, where they feel responsible for something they do not have the power to influence. Care within the home is often highly valued socially, but less valued pecuniary, which may be one reason why foster carers have difficulties in explaining payment to children, and also to friends and colleagues. Fostering can make carers less observant of the situation of their own children, and sometimes even have a negative impact on these children, but carers also report fostering to increase emphatic abilities of children. Contact with birth parents might cause conflicts and feelings of uncertainty, but can also be perceived as rewarding by foster carers.

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