IS FOSTER CARE THE SAFE PLACE WE BELIEVE IT TO BE? IF NOT, WHY NOT?

  • Rankwe Reuben Masha UNISA
  • Petro Botha UNISA
Keywords: abuse, foster children, foster care grant, foster parents, neglect, social workers

Abstract

Foster care is an important part of the child protection system; however, it seems that some foster children are not protected – they are abused and neglected. The aims of this article are to confirm on a small scale whether children in foster care are indeed being abused and neglected and to develop an understanding of factors contributing to the abuse and neglect of  these foster children. A qualitative research approach was applied. Findings confirmed the occurrence of abuse and/or neglect and provided information on factors relating to foster parents and the foster care system itself contributing to this phenomenon.

Author Biographies

Rankwe Reuben Masha, UNISA
Postgraduate Student
Petro Botha, UNISA
Department of Social Work
Published
2021-10-20
Section
Articles