Associate Professor Nicola Atwool
Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work
University of Otago – Te Whare Wananga o Otago
The question in the title is addressed by exploring the challenges inherent in providing care for children who are unable to live with their birth families. It is argued that failure to interrogate the assumptions underlying traditional foster care and take account of changes in family structure and socioeconomic circumstances has created a situation in which children in care and their care givers are being set up to fail. Changes needed to address this are outlined.
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