Adoption by foster carers: a profile of interest and outcomes

Kirton, Derek and Beecham, Jennifer and Ogilvie, Kate (2006) Adoption by foster carers: a profile of interest and outcomes. Child and Family Social Work, 11 (2). pp. 139-146. ISSN 1356-7500 (Print); 1365-2206 (Online). (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This paper looks at the issue of adoption by foster carers and in particular its financial aspects. The findings stem from a wider study of remuneration and performance in foster care. Drawing on a survey of 1181 foster carers, this paper examines the characteristics of those who have considered adoption. The outcomes of such consideration, including the part played by financial concerns and anticipated loss of support in decisions to proceed with adoption or not, are also examined. The findings reveal a significant level of interest in adoption on the part of foster carers, to which three particular sets of characteristics are found to be associated. First, interest is greater among those more extensively involved in foster care in terms of experience, specialisms and range of placements offered. Second, it is associated with relatively less concern with payment and less 'professional' views of foster care. Third, there is evidence that adoption is more commonly pursued by those who feel less valued by social workers. Fears of losing financial help and support were cited as reasons by more than half of all foster carers who had considered but not pursued adoption.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: adoption allowances; adoption; foster care; remuneration; support
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Rosalyn Bass
Date Deposited: 20 May 2011 14:42
Last Modified: 08 May 2014 15:10
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/26873 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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