For good or ill, this is my family! What counts for quality in the role for statutory relative foster carers?

Milosevic, Angela, Thorpe, Ros , and Miles, Debra (2009) For good or ill, this is my family! What counts for quality in the role for statutory relative foster carers? In: Proceedings of the Fourth National Conference for the Australian College for Child and Family Protection Practitioners, pp. 25-42. From: Fourth National Conference for the Australian College for Child and Family Protection Practitioners, 22-24 May 2009, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Across Australia there is a large number of people from diverse cultures who provide primary care for children and young people from within their own extended family. Such carers exist across the family spectrum and include grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and others, for example great-grandparents. A relatively small proportion of these carers are registered officially as foster carers because the child and/or young person placed in their care is on a care and protection order. While legally their role is identical to that of other foster carers, who similarly provide care for a child or young person who is unable to live with their own parents, the experience and needs of statutory relative foster carers are also vastly different. This paper will focus on the distinctive aspects of statutory relative foster care and will assess what counts for quality when the carer is also a relative of a foster child. Central to the discussion will be issues for carers that flow from the reality that 'For good or ill, this is my family!

Item ID: 7996
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: kinship care, relative foster care, indigenous Australian, dual roles of relative and carers, statutory foster care
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Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2010 05:18
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SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940112 Families and Family Services @ 100%
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