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Sharing the care. How do parents with children placed in foster care perceive parenthood?

Poster (konferens)
Författare Ingrid Höjer
Publicerad i The Fostering Network Annual Conference Ambtious, Valued and Rewarded. York: October 09-10-03.
Publiceringsår 2009
Publicerad vid Institutionen för socialt arbete
Språk en
Ämnesord Birth parents foster children, foster carers.
Ämneskategorier Socialt arbete, Familjeforskning


In Sweden, about 20 000 children were placed in out-of-home care some time in 2006. Little is known of how their birth parents perceive their situation. This papers draws on results from focus groups with 13 parents who’s children were placed in care. The parents were invited to a conference centre, where focus group discussions were performed in different constellations over three days. Most parents experienced feelings of inferiority, guilt and shame. The parents’ relationship with foster carers was often asymmetric: parents felt their position to be inferior to that of foster carers’. Parents could also perceive themselves to be unable to match the economic and social resources of foster carers’ – what they could offer their children could not be compared with the foster families’ resources. Parental visits in the foster home were often problematic; it was hard to interact in a natural way with children. Most parents asked for more visits in their own home, or at a neutral place. In cases were a positive working relationship between parents and foster carers existed, foster carers respected parents, informed them of the everyday life of children, and included them in both minor and major decisions about the child.

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