'You need to walk in their shoes': fosters carers' views on what makes a good foster carer

Thorpe, Ros, and Westerhuis, Diane (2006) 'You need to walk in their shoes': fosters carers' views on what makes a good foster carer. In: Papers from CROCCS 4th International Conference: Working Together for Families, pp. 1-14. From: CROCCS 4th International Conference, 4-6 August 2006, Mackay, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Foster carers offer an important form of support for vulnerable families who, either temporarily or in the longer term, are unable to provide day-to-day care for their children. Much has been written from a professional perspective about the qualities which foster carers should possess in order to provide good quality care for children and their families, but rarely have the views of foster carers themselves been canvassed as to “what makes a good foster carer”. This paper will fill a gap in our knowledge by presenting the views of 115 foster carers interviewed in the Mackay/Whitsunday region in 2002-3. Unlike other recent Australian studies with foster carers, this research included relative, Indigenous and male carers, as well as the more numerous female General carers. Thus, this paper provides a comprehensive view of the shared and diverse ways in which practising foster carers in early 21st century regional Australia conceptualise the qualities they feel they need to meet the challenges of their role in supporting vulnerable families. Implications for education, support and professional supervision will be identified.

Item ID: 4651
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: foster carer; qualities; interview
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Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2009 01:24
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 100%
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