Sibling Relationship in Foster Care: Foster Parent Perspective

Armeda Stevenson Wojciak*, Bryan P. Range, Dumayi M. Gutierrez, Nathan A. Hough, Casey Michael Gamboni

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Abstract

The sibling relationships of youth in foster care has garnered increased attention over the past few years indicating the potential protective role these relationships can have. Despite this growth, very little is known about how foster parents perceive the sibling relationships of youth in foster care and ways to promote these relationships. Thematic analysis was used to analyze semistructured interviews of 15 foster parents. Three major areas emerged as a result of the analysis: (a) the experience of sibling relationships in foster care, (b) how sibling relationships should be treated in foster care, and (c) ways to promote sibling relationships. All of the foster parents in this study discussed the importance of sibling relationships for the youth in their care and offer ways to promote these relationships through collaboration and education. Implications for foster parent training and child welfare practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2590-2614
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume39
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

Keywords

  • foster care
  • foster parent perspective
  • promote sibling relationships
  • sibling relationship
  • thematic analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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