Who Is Willing to Foster Children With Disabilities? (Special issue: Child Welfare and Disabilities).
Orme, John G. Cherry, Donna J. Krcek, Taylor E.
Published: November-December 2013
Journal of Public Child Welfare
Vol. 7, No. 5 , p. 566-585
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Children with disabilities represent a significant and increasing proportion of children in foster care. In a national sample of 304 foster mothers we identified two groups of mothers, one willing to foster children with any type of disability except HIV/AIDS (51%) (Unconditional mothers), and a second group who were more selective (49%) (Selective mothers). Unconditional mothers fostered longer, fostered more children, and had more foster children in their homes. (Author abstract)
children with disabilities; foster children; foster parents; family characteristics; parental attitudes; mothers; maternal behavior