“It’s the support of my mum and my family, without that I couldn’t do the job.”: Foster-carers’ perspectives on informal supports and developing resilience in the role

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Abstract

Fostering agencies face increasing challenges recruiting and retaining foster-carers whilst the numbers of children requiring foster placements continues to rise annually. This study used qualitative methods with eleven foster-carers to explore their experiences of how family and friends supported and promoted their resilience enabling them to continue as foster-carers. Most foster-carers in the study reported experiencing positive input from family, with a few exceptions. Adult children of foster-carers were considered particularly helpful with some becoming advocates for fostering. Whilst a number of foster-carers experienced good support from friends, a clear understanding of the fostering role, at different times, was key to the experience of support from both family or friends. Implications for practice include examining opportunities for developing and facilitating the support potential of adult children, extended family, and friends. These could include focused information and tailored training along with creative user led approaches for organisations to harness this underutilised yet fundamental support to foster-carers
Original languageEnglish
JournalAdoption & Fostering Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Sep 2020

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