An Examination Of The Views Of Young People In The Romanian Residential Care System Regarding Their Relationship With Biological Family Members And The Option Of Reintegration.
Bejenaru, Anca. Tucker, Stanley.
Published: September 2017
Journal of Youth Studies
Vol. 20, No. 7 , p. 855-871
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This paper reports findings from research conducted in six Romanian residential care homes. The aim of the paper is to examine the views held by young people, currently living in residential care, about the importance of their biological families and the option and challenge of reintegration. The data reflect the ideas and perspectives of 44 young people captured through a narrative interview approach using social mapping activities. The results indicate that most children and young people know at least one birth parent and maintain contact on their own initiative; most do not place a high level of importance on such relationships which are generally characterised by lack of confidence, low security and a presumed limited capacity on the part of the biological family to meet their needs. Family reintegration is considered to be a viable option for a small number of young people; others do not see it as realistic because of the impact of long-term separation and the likelihood of experiencing poorer living conditions. (Author abstract)
Romania; residential care institutions; birth parents; family reunification; foster children; poverty; childs attitudes; parent child relationships