Foster Caregivers in Procrustean Bed of the Czech Child Protection

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SHMIDT Victoria

Year of publication 2013
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Education

Description Child protection operates efficiently while child safety and family autonomy balance as equally prominent criteria of intervening with families. Foster care ensures decisively the consistency of procedures regarding the sustainable balance of parents' and child's interests. In the Czech Rep., the obviously limited position of foster care can be indicated both a source and a consequence of the defi cient policy providing children’s needs. Matching outcomes of the survey among caregivers and data related to current child protection, this text puts forwards the negative path dependency of foster care in the contemporary Czech Rep. The diff erences relative to parental experience, educational degree, the choice of position (either professional or parental) stipulate options for solving the dilemma child safety and family autonomy in the routine practice of foster caregivers.
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