The Cultural Roots of Kinship Care

Rebecca L. Hegar

in Kinship Foster Care

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780195109405
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865789 | DOI:

Series: Child Welfare: A Series in Child Welfare Practice, Policy, and Research

 The Cultural Roots of Kinship Care

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The foster placement of children with relatives is one of the oldest traditions in child rearing and the latest phenomena in formal child placement practice. This chapter explores the extent and natural of traditional kinship fostering, motivations for the practice, and existing knowledge about its outcomes. It considers literature on ancient and mythical cultures, Oceania, Africa, and North America. The final section examines the implications of traditional kinship fostering for modern child placement practice.

Keywords: foster care; child placement; kinship fostering; child rearing

Chapter.  5245 words. 

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