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Unveiling the experiences of young people in foster care: Perspectives from Portugal and Nigeria

Journal article
Authors Temitayo Adeboye
Ingrid Höjer
Published in International Social Work
Volume 62
Issue 1
Pages 433–446
ISSN 0020-8728
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Social Work
Pages 433–446
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1177/00208728177...
Keywords Foster care, lived experiences, Nigeria, Portugal, transition process, young people
Subject categories Social Work

Abstract

This article examines the lived experiences of young people in the process of leaving the care of SOS Children’s Villages in both Nigeria and Portugal. Interviews were conducted with 12 young people and data were analysed using content analysis. Young people’s lived experiences were captured in three emerging dimensions of past, present and future experiences. The study recommends resolving young people’s childhood conflicts towards a successful transition into adulthood. It also has implications for policy practice in tailoring the present experiences in preparing young people for the demands of life after care.

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