Needs and Experiences of Biological Children of Foster Carers: A Scoping Study
This scoping study was conducted by two social work students, Jayna Farnham and Christine Dean, under the supervision of researchers from ICPS, Debbie Noble-Carr and Steve Roche.
The study aimed to deepen our understanding of the experiences and impacts of fostering on biological children of foster carers, by answering the following research questions:
What are the needs and experiences of the biological children of foster carers within the ACT?
What are the policy and practice implications of these children's needs and experiences for the ACT foster care sector?
Although the study was limited in time and scope, the study included three distinct research phases. Phase one included a systematic and targeted literature review on the issue of biological children of foster carers. Phase two allowed for consultations with key stakeholders to identify the current policy and practice responses for biological children of foster carers in the ACT and Australia. Phase three involved the research team conducting a series of focus groups with foster carers and their biological children (aged 8-18 years) in the ACT.