A fork in the road: redefining and counting the well-being of Indigenous children in foster care

McMahon, Anthony, Reck, Lucinda, and Walker, Mal (2003) A fork in the road: redefining and counting the well-being of Indigenous children in foster care. In: Proceedings of CROCCS Overview of Research Conference: Protecting Children What Counts? An Overview of Research Conference, pp. 1-7. From: CROCCS Overview of Research Conference: Protecting Children - What Counts?, 7-9 August 2003, Airlie Beach, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

In child protection, indicators for children in care typically describe the reasons for coming into care, length of time in care, racial identity and whether specific bureaucratic milestones have been reached. This approach serves administrative decision-making and not the needs of Indigenous children. We propose different criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of foster care for Indigenous children that considers their well-being within Indigenous frameworks of family, economic, social and cultural relations. We see this criteria as what counts. This places Indigenous foster care within a model of Indigenous strengths/assets rather than within the current deficit framework.

Item ID: 7604
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: foster care; Indigenous; wellbeing
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Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2010 01:24
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 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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