How do foster youth experience the impact of adverse childhood events?

Anne Steenbakkers, PhD student, University of Groningen, The Netherlands Steffie van der Steen, Researcher, University of Groningen, The Netherlands  Hans Grietens, Researcher University of Groningen, The Netherlands     Foster children have been disproportionately exposed to traumatic events (Turney & Wildeman, 2017), which are perceived as important factors contributing to problems and specific needs they experience (Berrick & Skivenes, 2012; Bruskas, 2008). Despite the growing interest in the stories […]

Between breaks and continuities, the question of the links in foster care family in France

Chapon Nathalie, Researcher, Université Aix Marseille, France  The conference intends to weave research in France, on the experience of foster care, in reference to the support and care of the links between foster families, origin families and the children in care. The conference will be share research findings and questions on the pathways of children in foster care, their […]

Experiences of women fostering a victim of maternal sexual abuse

Dorijn Wubs, PhD student, University of Groningen, the Netherlands  Hans  Grietens, Researcher University of Groningen, the Netherlands  Laura  Batstra, Researcher, University of Groningen, the Netherlands     Although the consequences for all victims of child sexual abuse are serious, when a child is abused by mother figure, the abuse is considered to be especially harmful. Yet, maternal sexual abuse remains a taboo, as females are often not […]

Flemish foster children on their foster care placement: a qualitative study

Johan Vanderfaeillie, Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium  Ann Clé, Researcher, Vijre Universiteit Brussel, Belgium  Frank Van Holen, Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium       In Flanders, a family foster care placement is the option of choice for children in need of out-of-home care. For both birth parents and children, placing a child in out-of-home care is a far reaching decision. However, little is known about how children themselves live […]

Reunification and replacement in childhood and relationship with parents as adults

Gunvor Andersson, Researcher, Lund University, School of Social Work, Sweden The primary study, initiating my longitudinal research project, was an in-depth study of all the (26) 0-4-year old children who were placed in the one remaining children´s home in a city in Sweden at some time during a two-year period at the beginning of the 1980s and stayed there […]