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Kinship foster care in Vosloorus

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. M.A. van Zyl and Dr. M. de Chavonnes Vrugt en_US
dc.contributor.author Mokgosi, Aubrey Shimane
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-17T07:16:38Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-17T07:16:38Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-17
dc.date.submitted 1997-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6073
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract Kinship families have cared for children on a full-time basis for thousands of years, and for many years it has been standard practice for welfare agencies to consider the placement of children with kin whenever it becomes necessary to find an alternative way of caring for them. Many welfare experts believe that children will be better served if their care is provided by family members rather than strangers and yet, ironically, little scientific research has been done by welfare agencies and researchers to assess the value of kinship foster placement. Research focusing specifically on black foster parents is very scant. Generally, the decision about the placement of children in kinship homes has been based primarily on the professional observation of social workers as opposed to information derived from research findings. Despite the apparent growth in the use of kinship foster care and the concomitant suspicions about its advisability, children are still being placed in kinship homes. Kinship foster care placement is advocated most by welfare agencies, without the practice having been scientifically assessed. This deficiency has left the field with little information on which to base work with kinship foster families. The main purpose of this study was therefore to gain knowledge and to analyse the facts pertaining to kinship foster placement, and to draw a profile of kinship foster families in the urban residential area of Vosloorus. Quantative descriptive methods were used in this study. The main concern of the study was to collect data in such a way that it could be systematically processed and interpreted reliably. A descriptive design was chosen, as explanations can be tested by means of research questions. Eight research questions were formulated and put to the test. Facts were also established by studying literature reviewing case records, and interviewing foster parents as well as social workers. The results of this study suggest that we have not scientifically thought the purpose and goals of placing children with relatives through, but we have done so on the bases of certain assumptions, that is, we have assumed that relatives would be more willing to care and provide for the children of relatives than those of non-relatives. The study has provided information about kinship foster care and foster family care, focusing on the demographic characteristics of kinship foster parents, the services received by kinship foster parents, the manner in which kinship foster children are treated and the issue of visits by case workers. This study has provided insight and knowledge upon which agencies can base their selection of kinship foster parents. The findings have been discussed, and recommendations offered for policy, practice and future research. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Foster home care -- Research -- South Africa -- Vosloorus en_US
dc.subject Foster parents -- Research -- South Africa -- Vosloorus en_US
dc.subject Family social work -- Research -- South Africa -- Vosloorus en_US
dc.title Kinship foster care in Vosloorus en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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