Adolescents' perspectives on placement moves and congregate settings: complex and cumulative instabilities in out-of-home care.

Author:Davies, Miranda
Position:Fostering - Brief article
 
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HYDE Justeen and KAMMERER Nina

'Adolescents' perspectives on placement moves and congregate settings: complex and cumulative instabilities in out-of-home care'

Children and Youth Services Review 31:2, February 2009, pp 265-273, USA

Based on repeated in-depth interviews with young people aged 16-19 in the care of the Department of Social Services in Massachusetts, this paper examines fostered adolescents' perspectives on out-of-home placements, focusing on ways in which their words can inform child welfare research, policy and practice. Material from interviews illustrates the complex and cumulative instabilities adolescents experience in out-of-home placements and the impact of these. Since the majority of adolescents interviewed, and many others in child welfare systems, spend some or all of their teenage years in congregate care settings, understanding their experiences in such...

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