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Complex ‘everyday’ lives meet multiple networks: the social and educational lives of young children in foster care and their foster carers

Meetoo, V; Cameron, C; Clark, A; Jackson, S; (2020) Complex ‘everyday’ lives meet multiple networks: the social and educational lives of young children in foster care and their foster carers. Adoption & Fostering , 44 (1) pp. 37-55. 10.1177/0308575919900661. Green open access

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Abstract

The everyday lives of young fostered children are rarely studied. Using an ethnographic approach including interviews, walks, observation and photomap making, this article reports on the findings from a unique pilot study of the social and educational lives of young foster children (aged 0‒4) in an inner London borough. The following findings are presented: (1) what foster carers do: everyday lives and education; (2) foster carers’ meanings and perspectives on early education; and (3) foster carers as ‘everyday experts’ in meeting complex needs. The findings demonstrate how foster carers fulfil multifaceted roles as they navigate complex everyday life with their young children. Ways in which foster carers may provide a ‘stimulating’ environment and the barriers and difficulties they encounter are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Complex ‘everyday’ lives meet multiple networks: the social and educational lives of young children in foster care and their foster carers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0308575919900661
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0308575919900661
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Young children, foster care, foster carers, education, everyday life, ethnography
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10095899
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