Understanding Motivations and Experiences of Foster Families in Portugal
Foster care is almost non-existent in the childcare system, and according to scientific research conducted in Portugal, foster care accounts for 2.7 percent of out-of-home care in the country. This study aims to increase public awareness of the care phenomenon by focusing on foster families in particular. This study used a qualitative analytical approach influenced by Grounded Theory. The motivation of foster families is based on altruism, affection for children, and sensitivity to maltreatment. Personal and professional history, as well as previous contact with out-of-home care, can all contribute to a proclivity to become a caregiver. Being a caregiver entails navigating a life filled with both challenges and rewards. Given the acknowledgement from stakeholders, It is a satisfying task. The quality of the service provided, as well as the performance of the care professionals, are both critical components in fostering care. Fostering success is dependent on the quality of support services and the performance of care professionals. When compared to current Portuguese legislative requirements, the genesis and practical implementation of these measures are clearly disparate.
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Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Católica Research Centre for Psychological – Family and Social Wellbeing; CICS.NOVA – Centro Interdisciplinar de Ciências Sociais da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa; Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre, Portugal.
Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Católica Research Centre for Psychological – Family and Social Wellbeing, Portugal.
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