The successful transition to foster care: The child’s perspective

Larisa Shpakovskaya, Zhanna Chernova

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While reforms deinstitutionalising child welfare in Russia have frequently been analysed, the point of view of children has rarely been in focus. There remains a dearth of information about how children experience growing up in foster families in Russia. In this chapter, we analyse how children in foster care perceive their experiences in foster families through the use of biographies. Thus, we analyse the building of narrative identities in children going through family placement. Special attention is paid to the barriers that children face in the process of transition into foster care, as well as highlighting which resources help to achieve successful transition and adaptation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReforming Child Welfare in the Post-Soviet Space : Institutional Change in Russia
EditorsMeri Kulmala, Maija Jäppinen, Anna Tarasenko, Anna Pivovarova
Number of pages17
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Publication date2021
Article number9
ISBN (Print)9780367904241
ISBN (Electronic)9781003024316
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameAdvances in Social Work

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology

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