Journal Article

The Recruitment and Retention of Family Foster-Carers: An International and Cross-Cultural Analysis

Matthew Colton, Susan Roberts and Margaret Williams

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 38, issue 5, pages 865-884
Published in print July 2008 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online December 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcl375
The Recruitment and Retention of Family Foster-Carers: An International and Cross-Cultural Analysis

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Fostering services across the globe encounter difficulties in recruiting and retaining family foster-carers. Yet, we know little of the international and cross-cultural issues which impact on recruitment and retention. In this article, we draw on previous empirical research, and also on information collected during a recent study of global trends in family foster-care, to present an international comparative analysis of those issues. Three key themes emerged from the study: motivation and capacity to foster; professionalism versus altruism; and criteria for kinship and unrelated carers. Each of these presents a considerable challenge to foster-care services. Here, we explore these key themes further, and reflect on the implications for policy and practice.

Keywords: recruitment; retention; family foster-carers; international analysis; cross-cultural analysis

Journal Article.  9296 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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