Journal Article

The Ties that Bind: Support from Birth Families and Substitute Families for Young People Leaving Care

Jim Wade

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 38, issue 1, pages 39-54
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online July 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcl342
The Ties that Bind: Support from Birth Families and Substitute Families for Young People Leaving Care

Show Summary Details

Preview

This paper draws on findings from a study of outcomes for young people leaving care funded by the Department for Education and Skills. It explores the informal support networks available to a sample of 106 young people over a period of 12–15 months after leaving care. It examines patterns of contact with birth families and caregivers, the support that emanated from these links and the strategies of leaving care professionals to strengthen these connections. It also considers the new families created by many young people through relationships with partners and the onset of parenthood and discusses the continuing support needs of young parents. The paper situates the needs and experiences of care leavers in a wider youth transitions framework and highlights the need for continuing professional attention to be given to strengthening family links as one strategy for helping care leavers to negotiate the transition to adulthood.

Keywords: leaving care; family support; teenage parenthood; family formation

Journal Article.  6832 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.