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Kinship Foster CarePolicy, Practice, and Research$
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Rebecca L. Hegar and Maria Scannapieco

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195109405

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109405.001.0001

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The Cultural Roots of Kinship Care

The Cultural Roots of Kinship Care

(p.17) CHAPTER 2 The Cultural Roots of Kinship Care
Kinship Foster Care

Rebecca L. Hegar

Oxford University Press

The foster placement of children with relatives is one of the oldest traditions in child rearing and the latest phenomena in formal child placement practice. This chapter explores the extent and natural of traditional kinship fostering, motivations for the practice, and existing knowledge about its outcomes. It considers literature on ancient and mythical cultures, Oceania, Africa, and North America. The final section examines the implications of traditional kinship fostering for modern child placement practice.

Keywords:   foster care, child placement, kinship fostering, child rearing

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