The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of the biological children of foster parents while investigating suggestions for school-based supports. Following the phenomenological, qualitative method of research, ten participants ages 10-24, whose families chose to foster one or more children in their homes, were interviewed using a semi-structured interview protocol. Through a thematic analysis, themes emerged under two broad categories: Positive Experiences and Negative Experiences. Three specific recommendations for supports emerged from the data. The findings from this study can be used to inform school-based supports for the biological children of foster parents.
Counselor Education and Human Services
Smith, Lauren, "School-Based Support for Foster Families: Understanding the Experiences and Needs of the Biological Children of Foster Parents" (2021). Graduate Student Showcase. 20.