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Foster Care Partnerships in Finland 1990–2010: From Social Task to Ensuring Better Market Share?

Petra Kouvonen

in Law and Childhood Studies

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652501
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739217 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652501.003.0027

Series: Current Legal Issues

Foster Care Partnerships in Finland 1990–2010: From Social Task to Ensuring Better Market Share?

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A common issue in the field of child welfare is how to tailor services so that clients receive the most suitable form of care. All current legal regulations in use in the field of child welfare emphasize that measures for children deprived of care in their original families should be free of discrimination, which might be seen as a presumption of the right of each child to receive equal care. Equality in care might be interpreted in two senses: as care being equally available to all children and as care being individually suitable. Equal care for all children in both these senses is however not always self-evident, especially if a service field has gone through structural changes as is discussed in this chapter, using the Finnish foster care field as a case. In the chapter, foster care is the concept used to discuss all non-institutional substitute care for children placed outside their homes. Thus, the definition includes foster care provided by private households or private companies.

Keywords: foster care; child welfare; children's rights; equal care

Chapter.  10878 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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