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Message ID: 8877
Date: 2011-06-13

Author:Peggy Polinsky

Subject:RE: Children Who Foster

I was thinking of "children" like the mother of my grandchild who intermittently took charge of her half brothers and sisters so they would not go into foster care. At the time she was 17, 18, 19, 20 years old and there would be 2 to 4 children ages infant to 15. Usually it was because her mother was in jail or strung out on drugs. She did it because none of the aunts or uncles would and she was the eldest and felt responsible. There's more to the story, but that's enough for now. Margaret (Peggy) L. Polinsky, MSW, PhD Director of Research & Evaluation Parents AnonymousR Inc. 675 West Foothill Blvd., Suite 220 Claremont, CA 91711 Tel. 909-621-6184, Ext. 213 Fax 909-625-6304 E-mail: ppolinsky@parentsanonymous.org -----Original Message----- From: bounce-35798429-6833381@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-35798429-6833381@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Sarah Beatty Sent: Friday, June 10, 2011 8:36 AM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers 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 >

I was thinking of "children" like the mother of my grandchild who intermittently took charge of her half brothers and sisters so they would not go into foster care. At the time she was 17, 18, 19, 20 years old and there would be 2 to 4 children ages infant to 15. Usually it was because her mother was in jail or strung out on drugs. She did it because none of the aunts or uncles would and she was the eldest and felt responsible. There's more to the story, but that's enough for now. Margaret (Peggy) L. Polinsky, MSW, PhD Director of Research & Evaluation Parents AnonymousR Inc. 675 West Foothill Blvd., Suite 220 Claremont, CA 91711 Tel. 909-621-6184, Ext. 213 Fax 909-625-6304 E-mail: ppolinskyparentsanonymous.org -----Original Message----- From: bounce-35798429-6833381list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-35798429-6833381list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Sarah Beatty Sent: Friday, June 10, 2011 8:36 AM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers 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.beattyutoronto.ca >> >> >> >> > > > -- > Lois > > Finding a new poet > is like finding a new wildflower > out in the woods. ~ Linda Pastan >