Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 107–123 | Cite as

Foster care and the educational attainment of Jamaican children

  • Godfrey Gibbison
  • Chris Paul


Though informal fostering, the placement of children in the care of relatives or friends, is common in developing countries little research has been performed to ascertain its implications for the welfare of foster children. Previous studies on fostering are generally concerned with the circumstances that result in fostering. We investigate the relationship between foster care and educational opportunities and achievement. The relationship between fostering and a child’s educational achievement is crucial because education has a strong influence on the long-term welfare of the individual. Our findings are unique in that we redefine foster care to exclude children living with their biological father. This redefinition results in significantly different findings on the effect of foster care on the educational investment of the household towards foster boys. Under the new definition foster boys are significantly more likely to be educationally disadvantaged.


child outcome educational opportunity fostering Jamaica 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Economic DevelopmentGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboroUSA
  2. 2.Department of Finance and Quantitative AnalysisGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboroU.S.A

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