Cultivating Resilience in Families Who Foster: Understanding How Families Cope and Adapt Over time

Cynthia Lietz, Francie J. Julien-Chinn, Jennifer M. Geiger, Megan Hayes Piel

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Abstract

Families who foster offer essential care for children and youth when their own parents are unable to provide for their safety and well-being. Foster caregivers face many challenges including increased workload, emotional distress, and the difficulties associated with health and mental health problems that are more common in children in foster care. Despite these stressors, many families are able to sustain fostering while maintaining or enhancing functioning of their unit. This qualitative study applied an adaptational process model of family resilience that emerged in previous studies to examine narratives of persistent, long-term, and multiple fostering experiences. Data corroborated previous research in two ways. Family resilience was again described as a transactional process of coping and adaptation that evolves over time. This process was cultivated through the activation of 10 family strengths that are important in different ways, during varied phases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFamily Process
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StateAccepted/In press - 2016

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Keywords

  • Coping and Adaptation
  • Family Resilience
  • Foster Families

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Cultivating Resilience in Families Who Foster : Understanding How Families Cope and Adapt Over time. / Lietz, Cynthia; Julien-Chinn, Francie J.; Geiger, Jennifer M.; Hayes Piel, Megan.

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Lietz, Cynthia ; Julien-Chinn, Francie J. ; Geiger, Jennifer M. ; Hayes Piel, Megan. / Cultivating Resilience in Families Who Foster : Understanding How Families Cope and Adapt Over time. In: Family Process. 2016.
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