A Response to No One Ever Asked Us: A Review of Children’s Experiences in Out-of-Home Care


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

Recent research on children in out-of-home care has highlightedtheir demographic characteristics, their physical and mental health status,and case outcomes, yet the body of literature examining children’sperspectives on care is relatively limited. This review provides an overviewof almost two dozen studies examining children’s experiences of care. Findingsfrom studies involving interviews with current and former foster youth arereviewed in relation to four child welfare goals: (1) protecting children fromharm; (2) fostering children’s well-being; (3) supporting children’s families;and (4) promoting permanence. Implications for improved child welfarepractice are offered.

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