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Sexual Abuse in Family Foster Care
Sexual abuse in family foster care

Family foster care used to be regarded as a living arrangement of unmitigated superiority for children who had been maltreated by their parents and, at one time, even as a better alternative than living with a biological family without financial resources (Kadushin, 1980; Kline & Overstreet, 1972). Times have changed, and child welfare and mental health professionals are now concerned with structural aspects of foster care that can have potentially detrimental effects on children (e.g., Barth, Courtney, Berrick, & Albert, 1994; Fahlberg, 1997; Gil, 1982; Kadushin & Martin, 1988). First, the child's attachment capability can be damaged as a consequence of separation from parents and, later, as a result of removal from foster parents ...

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