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Remembering and Forgetting Foster Care

  • Nell Musgrove
  • Deidre Michell
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood book series (PSHC)

Abstract

In this chapter, Musgrove and Michell examine the experiences of people who grew up in foster care from the 1940s to the early twenty-first century, with a particular focus on the original oral history interviews with former foster children conducted for this book. The chapter takes an unflinching look at the combinations of poverty, illness, trauma and abuse which led to children being placed in foster care, and exposes the lifelong legacies of abuse, mistreatment, neglect, placement instability, poor access to education and relationship fragmentation in foster care. Importantly, the chapter positions these often-harrowing narratives as stories of survivors who have made lives for themselves sometimes with, and sometimes without, the help of their biological and foster families.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Catholic UniversityFitzroyAustralia
  2. 2.University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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