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Foster parenting refers to the care of children and young people who have, typically, become wards of the state when biological parents are deemed unable to care for them. This entry focuses primarily on foster parenting as it is conceptualized in Western industrialized nations where there are well-developed childcare services. The entry provides a basic introduction to the subject of foster parenting, including information on how foster care is organized, connections between fostering and adoption, why children are taken into the care of the state, and outcomes for children and young people in care.

The Structure of Foster Parenting

Foster parenting is a response developed in a context where the model of the nuclear family predominates, and this was developed in Western industrialized nations as a positive ...

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