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Message ID: 8870
Date: 2011-06-10

Author:Sarah Beatty

Subject:Re: Children Who Foster

Hi Chris, Great question! Unfortunately, the literature doesn’t seem to distinguish between ‘children who foster’ and children who foster who have become foster parents. The literature does state that 2/3 of the children who foster tend to end up in the helping profession. Regardless of whether the children who foster have been parentified and became foster parents, they were still once biological or adopted children who had foster children within their homes. I hope that answers your question. Chris, are you currently working in foster care or conducting research on foster care? All the best, Sarah Quoting Christine Wekerle : > Hi Sarah > > Just for clarification - is this parentification of children or children > (late adolescents; young adults) who are officially identified as a foster > parent? > > Kind regards to all on the listserve, Chris > > On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 1:29 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 >> >> >> >> > > > -- > Christine Wekerle, Ph.D. > Associate Professor, > Department of Pediatrics HSC 3A, CAAP 3N10 > McMaster University > 1200 Main Street. W., > Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z5 > *email:* wekerc@mcmaster.ca or chris.wekerle@gmail.com > webpage: http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/pediatrics/wekerle_christine.html > > Associate Professor, Psychiatry, University of Toronto > Courtesy Appointment, Child, Youth and Family Program, Centre for Addiction > and Mental Health > > “Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of > loving.” > ~ Kahlil Gibran >

Hi Chris, Great question! Unfortunately, the literature doesn’t seem to distinguish between ‘children who foster’ and children who foster who have become foster parents. The literature does state that 2/3 of the children who foster tend to end up in the helping profession. Regardless of whether the children who foster have been parentified and became foster parents, they were still once biological or adopted children who had foster children within their homes. I hope that answers your question. Chris, are you currently working in foster care or conducting research on foster care? All the best, Sarah Quoting Christine Wekerle : > Hi Sarah > > Just for clarification - is this parentification of children or children > (late adolescents; young adults) who are officially identified as a foster > parent? > > Kind regards to all on the listserve, Chris > > On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 1:29 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 >> >> >> >> > > > -- > Christine Wekerle, Ph.D. > Associate Professor, > Department of Pediatrics HSC 3A, CAAP 3N10 > McMaster University > 1200 Main Street. W., > Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z5 > *email:* wekercmcmaster.ca or chris.wekerlegmail.com > webpage: http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/pediatrics/wekerle_christine.html > > Associate Professor, Psychiatry, University of Toronto > Courtesy Appointment, Child, Youth and Family Program, Centre for Addiction > and Mental Health > > “Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of > loving.” > ~ Kahlil Gibran >