Understanding motivations and experiences of foster families in Portugal

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Foster care is an almost absent component in the childcare system and scientific research conducted in Portugal foster comprises 2.7% 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 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. The quality of support services and the performance of care professionals are key elements for the success of fostering. The genesis and practical implementation of these measures is manifestly disparate when related to the current Portuguese legislative requirements.
Idioma originalEnglish
Título da publicação do anfitriãoSelected topics in humanities and social sciences
EditoresBakare Kazeem Kayode
Local da publicaçãoMalasya
EditoraBakare Kayode
Número de páginas14
ISBN (eletrónico)9789390206049
ISBN (impresso)9789390149988
Estado da publicaçãoPublished - 2021

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