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The Adult Functioning of Former Kinship and Nonrelative Foster Care Children

Susan J. Zuravin, Mary Benedict and Rebecca Stallings

in Kinship Foster Care

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780195109405
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865789 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109405.003.0013

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

 The Adult Functioning of Former Kinship and Nonrelative Foster Care Children

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This chapter reviews findings from research that focused on describing and comparing the young adult functioning of former foster care children and a matched group of adults who had not spent time in foster care; and determining whether the functioning of former kinship foster children differs from that of their nonrelative care counterparts. The methodologies used by these studies are assessed in order to provide direction for future research. The main findings are that, in general, former foster children appear to be less self-sufficient than their nonfoster care counterparts; and that former kin foster care children appear to be more self-sufficient than their nonrelative foster care counterparts.

Keywords: kinship care; foster care; caregivers; adult functioning

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