Foster Care Stigma And Ethical Boundary Violations In The Rural Child Welfare Workplace (Chapter 16 in Rural Child Welfare Practice: Stories from the Field).
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Published: February 2018
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This chapter describes the phenomenon of living in a "goldfish bowl" when child welfare workers with their own histories of child abuse and neglect are recruited to serve in rural areas, and identifies the laws and administrative procedures for protecting the rights of foster children to confidentiality. A case vignette is presented to highlight the stigma former foster children can feel and how the system can retraumatize foster care alumni. Discussion questions and learning activities are included. 8 references.
foster care alumni; child welfare workers; rural environment; societal attitudes; confidentiality; ethics