Bookcover of A Place to Lay My Head
Booktitle:

A Place to Lay My Head

The Definition of Home in the Voice of Young People in Foster Care

VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (2008-10-09 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-08707-9

ISBN-10:
3639087070
EAN:
9783639087079
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
Through a series of individual interviews, twelve young men and women living in community based group homes in New York City explore in depth their experiences with the child welfare system and the meanings they attach to their concepts of home. These youth are aged 18 through 21 and average nine years each in foster care, representing for most more than half of their lives. As their voices emerge, they discuss their hopes, dreams and desires for the future. How these young people define "home" now speaks to how they will create homes for themselves as adults. Social construction theory provides important insight into this process of developing notions of home. A better understanding of their struggles informs how services can be improved so that young people preparing to leave care may more easily access and utilize needed resources. This book would contribute to the study of children, youth and family services and is important to social workers and administrators who are providing services to young adults and families in the child welfare system. It should also be of interest to human service practitioners and educators in the areas of social work, psychology and counseling.
Publishing house:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Website:
http://www.vdm-verlag.de
By (author) :
Murphy Suzanne
Number of pages:
260
Published at:
2008-10-09
Stock:
Available
Category:
Social pedagogy, social work
Price:
79.00 €
Keywords:
Child Welfare, children, youth, family services, Social workers, Administrators, human service practitioners, Educators, psychology, counseling, human service practitioners

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