The importance of parents in the lives of children in the care system

Thomson, Jane, and Thorpe, Ros (2003) The importance of parents in the lives of children in the care system. Children Australia, 28 (2). pp. 25-31.

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Abstract

Research to date has found that natural parents may be an important source of identity and support for children in and young people leaving out-of-home care. There has, however, been limited research on natural parents themselves, both internationally and in Australia.

This paper provides a justification for a research focus on parents, documents what is known from research to date, highlights current issues for parents and their children in out-of-home care, and concludes by identifying future research priorities in the area. The paper calls for recognition of the need to maintain positive links between natural family members in order to ensure best practice outcomes for children and young people in care.

Item ID: 902
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: children in care, natural parents, birth parents
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Copyright 2003 Oz Child - Children Australia Inc.

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ISSN: 1035-0772
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2006
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) > 940112 Families and Family Services @ 51%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 49%
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