Experiences of the foster care process in the Republic of Ireland: retrospective accounts from biological children of foster carers

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dc.contributor.advisor McCaughren, Simone en
dc.contributor.advisor Leane, Máire en
dc.contributor.author Williams, David
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-01T15:02:57Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-01T15:02:57Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.date.submitted 2014
dc.identifier.citation Williams, D. 2014. Experiences of the foster care process in the Republic of Ireland: retrospective accounts from biological children of foster carers. DSocSc Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 229
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1996
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the experiences of the biological children of foster carers. In particular it explores their experiences in relation to inclusion, consultation and decision-making. The study also examines the support and training needs of birth children in foster families. Using a qualitative methodology in-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with fifteen birth children of foster carers aged between 18 and 30 years. The research findings show that for the majority of birth children, fostering was overall a positive experience which helped them develop into individuals who were caring and nonjudgemental. However, from the data collected in this study, it is clear that fostering also brings a range of challenges for birth children in foster families, such as managing feelings of loss, grief, jealousy and guilt when foster children leave. Birth children are reluctant to discuss these issues with their parents and often did not approach fostering social workers as they did not have a meaningful relationship in order to discuss their concerns. The findings also demonstrate that birth children undertake a lot of emotional work in supporting their parents, birth siblings and foster siblings. Despite the important role played by birth children in the fostering process, this contribution often goes unrecognised and unacknowledged by fostering professionals and agencies with birth children not included or consulted about foster care decisions that affect them. It is argued here that birth children are viewed by foster care professionals and agencies from a deficit based perspective. However, this study contends that it is not just foster parents who are involved in the foster care process, but the entire foster family. The findings of this study show that birth children are competent social actors capable of making valuable contributions to foster care decisions that affect their lives and that of their family. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2014, David Williams. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Foster care en
dc.subject Birth children of foster carers en
dc.subject Training and support en
dc.subject Sociology of childhood en
dc.title Experiences of the foster care process in the Republic of Ireland: retrospective accounts from biological children of foster carers en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral Degree (Structured) en
dc.type.qualificationname Doctor of Social Science en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Applied Social Studies en
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dc.check.opt-out No en
dc.thesis.opt-out false
dc.check.embargoformat Not applicable en
ucc.workflow.supervisor m.leane@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Spring Conferring 2015


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