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Being a Foster Family in Portugal—Motivations and Experiences

Social Work Department, Catholic University of Portugal, 1649-023 Lisbon, Portugal
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Societies 2017, 7(4), 37;
Received: 18 October 2017 / Revised: 16 December 2017 / Accepted: 18 December 2017 / Published: 20 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Towards a Sustainable Community, Work and Family Interface)
Foster care is an almost absent component in the child care system and scientific research conducted in Portugal foster comprises 3.2%1 of out-of-home care in Portugal. This research aims to contribute to a deeper visibility of the care phenomena, giving specific attention to the foster families themselves. This research adopted a qualitative analytical approach, inspired by Grounded Theory. Foster families’ motivation is rooted in altruism, affection for children, and sensitivity to maltreatment. Personal and professional biography or past contact with out-of-home care can also induce predisposition to become a carer. The experience of being a carer2 is one of traversing through a life of many challenges and rewards. Considering the recognition from the stakeholders, it is a rewarding task. The quality of the service provided and the performance of the care professionals are both key elements to foster care. View Full-Text
Keywords: child welfare; foster families; social work; policy making; Portugal child welfare; foster families; social work; policy making; Portugal
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Diogo, E.; Branco, F. Being a Foster Family in Portugal—Motivations and Experiences. Societies 2017, 7, 37.

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