The foster carer experience in Ireland: findings from a postal survey

Child Care Health Dev. 1996 Mar;22(2):85-98.


Findings from a postal survey of foster carers in a region of Ireland are reported. While a majority of the respondents seem broadly contented in their role, it is clear that some are experiencing difficulties of different kinds. Problems experienced by different minorities of these foster carers included concerns with the level of administrative and professional support, worries about being parted from the child, and problems in the relationship with the child's biological parents. Responses on motivations to foster suggest a high level of altruistic motivation. The possible implication of these and other findings are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers*
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Foster Home Care*
  • Humans
  • Ireland
  • Male
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires