Understanding the experiences of non-White ethnic minority care leavers who have experienced a placement with a White foster family

Grewal, Sarjan Singh (2023). Understanding the experiences of non-White ethnic minority care leavers who have experienced a placement with a White foster family. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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Background: There is limited evidence in the UK which examines the first-hand experiences of non-White care leavers. This is further limited when focusing specifically on experiences of living in a foster family of a different race and/or ethnicity to the individual. The present study aimed to explore the experiences of belonging and difference for non-White individuals who have experienced foster placements with families of a different race and/or ethnicity.

Method: Four non-White care leavers all with experience of living in a White foster family were interviewed. The interviews were supported using photo elicitation and data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Interviews explored the way participants make sense of their care experience and how that has shaped them as care leavers.

Results: Participants described an experience of feeling like the odd one out, much of which was influenced by systemic racism and the barriers to cultural connection. Participants found ways to reconnect and find a sense of belonging. This was achieved during and after care by accessing opportunities to create the ‘little family’. Participants were particularly interested in accessing racial diversity and found ways to relate to their heritage through birth family stories.

Conclusion: The study highlights the difficulties children experience when attempting to integrate in a family from a different race to themselves. The findings suggest ways participants use their agency to make informed decisions to regain their cultural identity whilst in care and as care leavers.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/13301


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