An Investigation into the Perceptions of Biological Children Living with Foster Children
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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In the UK, a significant proportion of children who are in care, are placed with foster families. Foster carers have a key role in ensuring they provide a family based care for foster children, in such way which provides security, stability, love and a strong sense of identity and belonging (Cosis-Brown et al., 2014). While a breadth of literature exists on the topic of fostering, including both foster carers and foster children; the biological children of these families have rarely been the focus of foster care research (Nuske, 2010). This current study investigated into the perceptions of biological children, who have had the experience of living with foster children. The study has provided an insight into biological children’s perceptions, in relation to their involvement, feelings, experiences and the efficacy of support offered to them throughout the fostering process. A qualitative design was used in order to gather in depth-data. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with four participants whom agreed to participate within the study. The data was analysed through a thematic analysis which lead to the identification of four main themes; role recognition, involvement, information and support, challenges, and benefits associated with fostering. One of the most significant findings from the data analysis, was the issues around minimal information and support participants received prior to fostering. Future research needs to continue to investigate biological children’s valid contribution to the fostering process; and to understand how they can be better supported (Hojer et al., 2007).
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
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