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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/26167

Title: “Fitting a Square Peg into a Round Hole” — Understanding Kinship Care Outside of the Foster Care Paradigm
Authors: Dill, Katharine
Advisor: MacFadden, Robert
Department: Social Work
Keywords: Kinship Care
Foster Care
Child Welfare Placements
Issue Date: 15-Feb-2011
Abstract: This exploratory grounded theory study is a comparative analysis of kinship and foster care in the province of Ontario. This study sought the perspective of three constituent groups—caregivers (N=22), workers (N=14) and youth (N=9)—from both kinship and foster care constituent populations. The total number of participants was 45. This is one of the first comprehensive qualitative studies in the province of Ontario since the inception of the kinship model of practice implemented by the child welfare system in 2006. The study resonates with important practice, policy and research implications for Ontario and beyond. Recruitment for the study was generated through various child welfare organizations and a kin grandparents support network. Findings from each of the three groups include the following: (1) specialized kin workers recognize the complexities and unique needs of kinship placements; (2) foster parents and kin caregivers have very different needs related to training, financial remuneration and support; and (3) youth experience feelings of loneliness and frustration when moving to different placements, but also acknowledge the importance of relationships, particularly to their assigned worker. The analysis of these three group converges to a very simple but poignant conclusion: kinship programs are unique and require a level of intervention that is separate and discrete from the current foster care paradigm.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/26167
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