Australian foster carers' negotiations of intimacy with agency workers, birth families and children

dc.contributor.author Riggs, Damien Wayne
dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-27T04:44:00Z
dc.date.available 2014-11-27T04:44:00Z
dc.date.issued 2014-05-29
dc.description This item is under embargo for a period of 12 months from the date of publication, in accordance with the publisher's policy. The author version (post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version) will available June 2015 This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Families, Relationships and Society. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [Riggs, D. (2014). Australian foster carers' negotiations of intimacy with agency workers, birth families and children. Families, Relationships and Society, 3(2)] is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674314X14008543149659 en
dc.description.abstract This article seeks to examine what are argued to be a particular set of non-normative relationships between Australian foster carers, the children in their care, the children’s birth parents, and agency workers who act as legal guardians for children who are removed from their birth parents. Eighty-five Australian foster carers participated in interviews on the topic of foster family life. Coding of responses to questions related to agency workers, abuse allegations and birth parents suggested a novel topic of ‘intimacy’ in regards to foster carers’ experiences of these three areas. Findings indicate three key themes within the overarching focus on intimacy: (a) the impact of abuse allegations on foster family intimacy, (b) the intimate presence of birth families and (c) what are termed ‘awkward intimacies’ with agency workers. While such intimacies may be viewed as non-normative, they nonetheless would appear to play a formative role in interactions between all parties, and thus warrant ongoing attention. en
dc.identifier.citation Riggs, D. (2014). Australian foster carers' negotiations of intimacy with agency workers, birth families and children. Families, Relationships and Society, 3(2) en
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1332/204674314X14008543149659 en
dc.identifier.issn 2046-7435
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2328/35141
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Policy Press en
dc.rights Copyright (2014) Policy Press. en
dc.rights.holder Policy Press. en
dc.rights.license In Copyright
dc.title Australian foster carers' negotiations of intimacy with agency workers, birth families and children en
dc.type Article en
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookup Riggs, Damien Wayne: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0961-9099 en_US
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