Family foster care: Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater

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    In 2014, an article written by Dr Frank Ainsworth and Patricia Hansen was published in Children Australia entitled ‘Family foster care: Can it survive the evidence?’ The basic premise of the article was that evidence indicates family foster care either doesn’t change the likelihood of positive outcomes for children, or makes it more difficult for positive outcomes to be achieved. Essentially, the view was that foster care is a risk to children in much the same way as there is a risk for children remaining at home with abusive or neglectful parents. As such, the authors stated that there should be a reduction in the use of family foster care, and increased efforts to keep children at home with supports. This article only came to our attention recently, and we had some issues with the conclusions that were drawn by the authors, particularly in terms of the evidence that is used to support their proposition. We were kindly offered an opportunity by the journal editors to submit this responding article.



    Original languageEnglish
    Article number42(3)
    Number of pages5
    Pages (from-to)217-221
    JournalChildren Australia
    Journal publication date18 Sep 2017
    Issue number3
    Early online date05 Jul 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2017

      Research areas

    • Foster care, outcomes

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