Barriers to the involvement of extended family and fictive kin in the lives of children in foster care

Scott C. Leon, Nicole Hodgkinson, Jennifer Osborne, Nathan M. Lutz, Lauren A. Hindt

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Abstract

Little is known about the people who comprise the natural support networks of children in foster care and any barriers to their ability to provide social support. Based on interviews with the network members of 150 children entering foster care, four barriers (criminal history, child welfare history, domestic violence, and substance abuse) were submitted to a latent profile analysis. Two barrier profiles were identified: a lower-barrier profile (87%) and a higher-barrier profile (13%). These results suggest that barriers are common but not widespread across the networks of most children, with implications for what caseworkers can expect when working with families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • barriers
  • child welfare system
  • fictive kin
  • foster care
  • kinship network
  • social support

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