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Type: Journal article
Title: Social and emotional issues of children in kinship foster care and stressors on kinship carers
Author: Dunne, E.
Kettler, L.
Citation: Children Australia, 2006; 31(2):22-29
Publisher: Oz Child - Children Australia
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 1035-0772
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Emer G. Dunne and Lisa J. Kettler
Abstract: The Australian and international literature on social and emotional issues affecting children in kinship foster care, and on stresses experienced by kinship foster carers, is reviewed. The ideology supporting the use of kinship care is that it is in the child's best interests because it helps them to maintain ties with their family of origin. The literature suggests that children placed with kinship foster carers suffer from a range of social and emotional issues and these may impact on outcomes in adulthood. The existing literature does not, however, adequately differentiate the impacts of kinship care itself from the children's pre existing difficulties and there is a paucity of literature comparing kinship care outcomes with outcomes for children who have experienced other forms of out of home care. Common stressors on kinship foster carers are economic disadvantage, stress, health issues and lack of resources.
Keywords: Child welfare; Carers
Description: © Oz Child - Children Australia
RMID: 0020062441
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