What counts in recruiting and retaining good foster carers? Social Support Does!

Lovatt, Heather (2003) What counts in recruiting and retaining good foster carers? Social Support Does! In: Proceedings of CROCCS Overview of Research Conference: Protecting Children What Counts? An Overview of Research Conference. From: CROCCS Overview of Research Conference: Protecting Children - What Counts?, 7-9 August 2003, Airlie Beach, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

This short paper puts forward the strong contention that social support counts as a critical factor in what makes a good foster carer. To date there has been a lack of research to look at particular facets of social support. As part of the research partnership between James Cook University and the Queensland Department of Families (Mackay/Whitsunday Region) support and the role it plays is being more comprehensively explored. For the purposes of this paper this writer outlines details relating to this research project, what literature tells us about support, why this research and approach is needed and some initial comments and findings from the research.

Item ID: 14705
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: foster carers; foster parents; social support; women and caring
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Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2010 05:35
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940113 Gender and Sexualities @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940112 Families and Family Services @ 25%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 25%
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