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Är blod verkligen tjockare än vatten? Olika perspektiv på familjehemsplacerade barns kontakt med biologiska föräldrar

Wiik, Milje LU and Krönlein, Casper LU (2013) SOPA63 20131
School of Social Work
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Title: Is blood really thicker than water?
Author: Casper Krönlein and Milje Wiik
Supervisor: Maria Bangura Arvidsson

The aim within the Swedish welfare system is that a child in foster care should maintain a strong relationsship with their biological parents throughout the placement, with the intention of a reunion with the biological family. There is no time limit set on reunion and there is no permanency planning. Several scientists even argue that contact between children and their biological parents is essential for the child’s development of identity. At the same time other scientists questioned this and argue that if the contact are going to be for the childs best, it has to be free from problems and take place in a... (More)
Abstract

Title: Is blood really thicker than water?
Author: Casper Krönlein and Milje Wiik
Supervisor: Maria Bangura Arvidsson

The aim within the Swedish welfare system is that a child in foster care should maintain a strong relationsship with their biological parents throughout the placement, with the intention of a reunion with the biological family. There is no time limit set on reunion and there is no permanency planning. Several scientists even argue that contact between children and their biological parents is essential for the child’s development of identity. At the same time other scientists questioned this and argue that if the contact are going to be for the childs best, it has to be free from problems and take place in a regular basis. Otherwise they claim that no contact with biological parents can be better for the child than some contact that is characterized by problem.

Our intention with this paper was to examine how three different parties – foster children, foster homes and social services – reason about the need children in foster care might have of their biological parents. The research is operated through qualitative methods, by semi-structured interviews. The empiric is then analyzed with the assistance from social constructivism and discourses. However our study demonstrates that there is a big difference on how the different parties reason about the importance of contact with biological parents and the child´s best. The social services advocates that contact between foster children and biological parents must be adhered, while the foster children and the foster homes reason in a way that the contact between the children and their biological parents can be good for the child, although the contact have to be from the child’s perspective. As mention before the aim within the Swedish welfare system is a reunion, although previous research and the profesionals we have been in contact with claims the opposite and points out that a reunion is very uncommon.



Key words: Foster child, foster home, parental contact, biological parents, the child’s right, reunion, psychological discourse, legal discourse. (Less)
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Wiik, Milje LU and Krönlein, Casper LU
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SOPA63 20131
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Key words: Foster child, foster home, parental contact, biological parents, the child’s right, reunion, psychological discourse, legal discourse.
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3812629
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Title: Is blood really thicker than water?
Author: Casper Krönlein and Milje Wiik
Supervisor: Maria Bangura Arvidsson

The aim within the Swedish welfare system is that a child in foster care should maintain a strong relationsship with their biological parents throughout the placement, with the intention of a reunion with the biological family. There is no time limit set on reunion and there is no permanency planning. Several scientists even argue that contact between children and their biological parents is essential for the child’s development of identity. At the same time other scientists questioned this and argue that if the contact are going to be for the childs best, it has to be free from problems and take place in a regular basis. Otherwise they claim that no contact with biological parents can be better for the child than some contact that is characterized by problem.

Our intention with this paper was to examine how three different parties – foster children, foster homes and social services – reason about the need children in foster care might have of their biological parents. The research is operated through qualitative methods, by semi-structured interviews. The empiric is then analyzed with the assistance from social constructivism and discourses. However our study demonstrates that there is a big difference on how the different parties reason about the importance of contact with biological parents and the child´s best. The social services advocates that contact between foster children and biological parents must be adhered, while the foster children and the foster homes reason in a way that the contact between the children and their biological parents can be good for the child, although the contact have to be from the child’s perspective. As mention before the aim within the Swedish welfare system is a reunion, although previous research and the profesionals we have been in contact with claims the opposite and points out that a reunion is very uncommon. 

 

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  title        = {Är blod verkligen tjockare än vatten? Olika perspektiv på familjehemsplacerade barns kontakt med biologiska föräldrar},
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