Being a foster family in Portugal - motivations and experiences

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Foster care is an almost absent component in the child care system and scientific research conducted in Portugal foster comprises 3.2%(1) of out-of-home care in Portugal. This research aims to contribute to a deeper visibility of the care phenomena, giving specific attention to the foster families themselves. This research adopted a qualitative analytical approach, inspired by Grounded Theory. Foster families' motivation is rooted in altruism, affection for children, and sensitivity to maltreatment. Personal and professional biography or past contact with out-of-home care can also induce predisposition to become a carer. The experience of being a carer(2) is one of traversing through a life of many challenges and rewards. Considering the recognition from the stakeholders, it is a rewarding task. The quality of the service provided and the performance of the care professionals are both key elements to foster care.
Idioma originalEnglish
Número do artigo37
Número de emissão4
Estado da publicaçãoPublicado - dez 2017

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