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Message ID: 8864
Date: 2011-06-10

Author:Sarah Beatty

Subject:Re: Children Who Foster

Hi Lois and Child Welfare Team, Great question! Interestingly, both the literature and child welfare practice has multiple names for children who foster. There is no clear definition, so I will try my best to provide a better explanation of this population. Children who foster, are biological or adopted children of foster parents. As a foster family (e.g., parent(s), children who foster), they provide foster care to abused and/or neglected children. For example, Family ?A? consists of mother, father, son and daughter. This family decides to foster. They welcome foster children into their home. The son and daughter of Family ?A? are the children who foster. I hope that this provides better clarification on this population. Sarah Quoting Lois Thiessen Love : > Sarah - > > I'm sorry, I do not understand the definition of your population - would you > please develop the definition with complete sentences rather than the > listing - thanks. > > Lois Thiessen Love, MSW, PhD > Manager, Quality Improvement and Evaluation > UCAN (Uhlich Children's Advantage Network) > 3737 North Mozart Ave > Chicago, IL 60618 > > p: 773-290-5884 (ext 15884) > f: 773-588-7762 > > On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 12:29 PM, Sarah Beatty > wrote: > >> Dear Child Welfare Team, >> >> I am a social work doctoral student at the University of Toronto who >> is reviewing the literature on ?children who foster?, also known as >> ?foster parents? own children?, ?biological children?, "natural >> children", ?foster carers? children? and ?unknown soldiers of foster >> care?. I make this distinction, as this population often gets mistaken >> for ?foster children?. >> >> At the present time, I am interested in knowing everything and >> anything about this population. I have been reviewing this topic since >> 2006. Literature has named Ellis (1972) as the first researcher in >> this area, and I have been trying to follow the development of this >> research since this period. I have connected with a few researchers in >> this area all over the world. However, what I have noticed is that >> most of the literature is within the ?grey literature? or held at the >> agencies. >> >> Please get in touch with me, if? >> (a) you have any information (e.g., articles, brochures, flyers, >> videos) on children who foster >> >> (b)you have any historical developments on foster care linked to >> children who foster >> >> (c) your agency is providing (or has provided) any form of support to >> these children/ youth/ adults (e.g., support groups, trainings, >> networks) >> >> I will be presenting at a conference in July 2011 on this topic and I >> hope to have the most current literature, supports and resources >> available to present. >> >> Thanks kindly for your support! >> Kind Regards, >> Sarah >> >> -- >> Sarah L. Beatty, MSW., RSW., PhD Student >> Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work >> University of Toronto >> 246 Bloor Street West >> Toronto ON M5S 1V4 >> Email:sarah.beatty@utoronto.ca >> >> >> >> > > > -- > Lois > > Finding a new poet > is like finding a new wildflower > out in the woods. ~ Linda Pastan >

Hi Lois and Child Welfare Team, Great question! Interestingly, both the literature and child welfare practice has multiple names for children who foster. There is no clear definition, so I will try my best to provide a better explanation of this population. Children who foster, are biological or adopted children of foster parents. As a foster family (e.g., parent(s), children who foster), they provide foster care to abused and/or neglected children. For example, Family ?A? consists of mother, father, son and daughter. This family decides to foster. They welcome foster children into their home. The son and daughter of Family ?A? are the children who foster. I hope that this provides better clarification on this population. Sarah Quoting Lois Thiessen Love : > Sarah - > > I'm sorry, I do not understand the definition of your population - would you > please develop the definition with complete sentences rather than the > listing - thanks. > > Lois Thiessen Love, MSW, PhD > Manager, Quality Improvement and Evaluation > UCAN (Uhlich Children's Advantage Network) > 3737 North Mozart Ave > Chicago, IL 60618 > > p: 773-290-5884 (ext 15884) > f: 773-588-7762 > > On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 12:29 PM, Sarah Beatty > wrote: > >> Dear Child Welfare Team, >> >> I am a social work doctoral student at the University of Toronto who >> is reviewing the literature on ?children who foster?, also known as >> ?foster parents? own children?, ?biological children?, "natural >> children", ?foster carers? children? and ?unknown soldiers of foster >> care?. I make this distinction, as this population often gets mistaken >> for ?foster children?. >> >> At the present time, I am interested in knowing everything and >> anything about this population. I have been reviewing this topic since >> 2006. Literature has named Ellis (1972) as the first researcher in >> this area, and I have been trying to follow the development of this >> research since this period. I have connected with a few researchers in >> this area all over the world. However, what I have noticed is that >> most of the literature is within the ?grey literature? or held at the >> agencies. >> >> Please get in touch with me, if? >> (a) you have any information (e.g., articles, brochures, flyers, >> videos) on children who foster >> >> (b)you have any historical developments on foster care linked to >> children who foster >> >> (c) your agency is providing (or has provided) any form of support to >> these children/ youth/ adults (e.g., support groups, trainings, >> networks) >> >> I will be presenting at a conference in July 2011 on this topic and I >> hope to have the most current literature, supports and resources >> available to present. >> >> Thanks kindly for your support! >> Kind Regards, >> Sarah >> >> -- >> Sarah L. Beatty, MSW., RSW., PhD Student >> Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work >> University of Toronto >> 246 Bloor Street West >> Toronto ON M5S 1V4 >> Email:sarah.beattyutoronto.ca >> >> >> >> > > > -- > Lois > > Finding a new poet > is like finding a new wildflower > out in the woods. ~ Linda Pastan >