Unaccompanied Minors in the Netherlands and the Care Facility in Which They Flourish Best.
Kalverboer, Margrite. Zijlstra, Elianne. van Os, Carla. Zevulun, Daniëlle. ten Brummelaar, Mijntje . Beltman, Daan.
Published: May 2017
Child and Family Social Work
Vol. 22, No. 2 , p. 587-596
John Wiley & Sons
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
This study compares the views of unaccompanied minors living in four different types of care facilities in the Netherlands: namely in foster care, small living units, children's living groups and campuses on their wellbeing, living circumstances and place in Dutch society. Interviews with 132 minors were both qualitatively and quantitatively analysed. Based on the transcripts from the interviews the researchers completed a questionnaire (BIC-Q) to judge the quality of the child rearing environment in the different types of care facilities.Minors in foster care fare best and are most positive about their place in Dutch society. Minors in small living units and small living groups often miss affectionate bonds, care, support and stability in their lives. Minors in campuses most often expressed feeling lonely and sad and being excluded from the Dutch society. They experience a lack of care and support from adults. The quality of the child rearing environment in campuses was judged by the researchers as being so low that these facilities appear to be unfit for unaccompanied minors. (Author abstract)
unaccompanied children; Netherlands; foster children; group homes; child placement; residential care institutions; well being; acculturation; social isolation; child rearing