Role Perceptions of Foster Care in African American Kinship and Nonkinship Foster Parents: A Quantitative Analysis.
Journal of Family Social Work
Vol. 11, No. 3 , p. 272-286
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This article reports on a study that examined a cohort of African American kinship (n = 57) and nonkinship (n = 53) foster parents' perceptions of their role responsibilities as a foster care provider. The Foster Parent Role Perception (FPRP) scale was used to measure perceived role responsibility. Results indicated that both the kinship and nonkinship foster parents perceived their primary role responsibilities as that of caring for the needs of the foster child(ren), while perceiving much less role responsibility for working with the biological family of the child(ren) or partnering with the agency. The implications of these findings for practice are discussed. (Author abstract)
African Americans; kinship care; foster care; foster parents; parental attitudes