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Role Boundaries In Foster Care

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Minuchin and Elizur argued that foster care should be oriented toward providing services to whole families, rather than solely to the child (as cited in Kates, Johnson, Rader and Strieder, 1991). “Whose child am I?” according to Kates, Johnson, Rader and Strieder (1991), is a common question children struggle with when they are pulled from their home and put into foster care. Once in the system a child has a myriad caregivers and professionals, such as biological parents, caseworker, foster parents, physicians, and the courts, working together to decide what’s best for that child, which in turn distorts the role boundaries, therefore causing more confusion. Kates, Johnson, Rader and Strieder (1991) go on to say, “The blurring of role boundaries
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