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Policies and Practices of Recruiting Foster Carers. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, November 2009, Pages: 68
Foster care is one of the most important interventions for children and young people who cannot live with their natural parents. So foster carers constitute an important part of child welfare as performed by the social services in Swedish municipalities. But over the last decades, recruiting foster carers has proved to be increasingly difficult in most municipalities. The existing foster care system and the Swedish welfare state system are contradicted with each other. This book is based on the findings of the study “Recruiting Foster Carers-Policies and Practices from a Swedish Perspective”. In Sweden foster care is considered as an assignment, it is not an employment. Foster carers are recruited by the guideline of Swedish law and that is the policy of recruiting them. To make fostering attractive for modern families proper information and knowledge, change of attitude about foster care, more support and help, more discussion about it in the whole society, give foster care another status to identify etc. are recommended. This book could be very essential for social workers, students of social work and the researchers who are interested in this field.
Amina Pervin is an Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, SUST,Sylhet,Bangladesh.She obtained her BSS (Hons.) and MSS in Social Work from the University of Rajshahi,Bangladesh. She also obtained IMSSW degree in Social Work from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Now she teaches and carries out research in the field of Social Work.