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By Linda Nutt

The Lives of Foster Carers analyzes the contradictions, conflicts, and ambiguities skilled by means of foster carers bobbing up from the inter-penetrations of public forms and personal kinfolk lifestyles. subject matters lined contain: social coverage pertinent to childcare the historical past of foster care carrier on hand literature at the adventure of foster carers public as opposed to inner most domain names in foster care motivations and roles of foster carers how foster carers understand themselves and their foster young ones. according to a variety of literature and in-depth interviews with forty-six foster carers, this booklet presents a priceless perception into the troubles, strategies and reviews of foster carers within the united kingdom. Jargon unfastened and obtainable, it's going to attract foster carers, practitioners, scholars and teachers in social care, adolescence paintings and childcare in addition to coverage makers in children’s providers.

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Each study carer was invited to talk about themselves and their lives before they became involved with fostering. This was to give them an opportunity to ground themselves in a life apart from foster care and to put caring into their own context. In fact eight carers chose to start their autobiographies from when they began to foster. They presented their accounts as though the years before were, by comparison, inconsequential; as though their foster carer experiences comprised their significant lives.

And I would not like anybody to think that because I wouldn’t school a child because it’s not mine. I would school them exactly how I school my children…It’s just children need looking after…feed them, bath them…and love, love, the most important thing is to be able to love somebody else’s child as you would love your own…And they’re all my children, no matter whose child they are. This last sentence neatly summarizes the contradictions and the complexities of the foster carer’s (parental) identity.

Foster carers have to work with this rationale which may become more problematic for those carers who, in receipt of a fee, may believe that they are paid to comply. Care can be analysed in terms of whether it is paid or unpaid. There is much ideological support for the latter (underpinned by economic arguments), as witnessed by government initiatives for care in the community, which frequently means care by the community. Foster care could be described as one of the earliest examples of this. Historically foster care was conceived as an extension of parenting, rather than as work outside the domestic domain.

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