In-depth interviews were conducted with foster carers in Perth, Western Australia, to inform the development of a new relationship-based framework of fostering. The findings of this study relate to the understanding that foster carers have of their role, their knowledge of and connection to the fostering system and how they perform their task. Foster carers reported a need to nurture a sense of belonging and identity in children and build a mediating relationship with the child in their care. Each carer's unique needs should be considered to ensure that they feel supported and able to meet the needs of children.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||9 May 2018|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2018|