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Leaving family care. Transitions to adulthood from kinship care

Abstract: Kinship care represents 46% of all out-of-home care placements in Spain and 80% of all foster care placements. Therefore, the role of fostering relatives, most of whom (about 70%) are grandparents, is particularly relevant in the Spanish child care system. In 1998 we carried out a descriptive study on profiles of kinship care in Spain, including children, birth parents, fostering relatives and patterns of process and intervention, with a sample of 568 cases. This paper presents a follow-up study of a part of this group who were adults in 2006, aimed at assessing their transition to adulthood. A subset of 143 young adults was eligible for this follow-up study, which consists of a personal interview and questionnaires. We were able to assess a sample of 67 young adults in this way, and collect some relevant information on another 56 cases. The results show that only a small part of the sample present serious problems of social exclusion (9%), whilst 70% have found employment or are in higher education and with a relatively stable life, even though, in general, their jobs are of a low-skilled nature. We also discuss other important aspects, such as the frequent loss (through death) of grandparent foster carers and the lack of help and support from the authorities for their kinship carers perceived by the young people themselves.

 Autoría: Del Valle J., Lázaro-Visa S., López M., Bravo A.,

 Fuente: Children and Youth Services Review, 2011, 33(12), 2475-2481

Editorial: Elsevier

 Fecha de publicación: 01/12/2011

Nº de páginas: 7

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.08.015

ISSN: 0190-7409,1873-7765