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Making sense of being in care, adopted, or whāngai : literature review Lily Deane and Míša Urbanová

By: Deane, Lily.
Contributor(s): Urbanová, Míša.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington, New Zealand : Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children, 2021Description: electronic document (45 pages) : PDF file: 806 MB.ISBN: 978-0-9951498-2-3 .Subject(s): Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children | ADOPTION | CHILD PROTECTION | FOSTER CARE | KINSHIP CARE | LITERATURE REVIEWS | MĀORI | SOCIAL SERVICES | TAMARIKI | TOKO I TE ORA | WHĀNGAI | NEW ZEALANDOnline resources: Download literature review, PDF, 806 KB | Access the website Summary: There are many children in New Zealand raised by people other than their birth parents. This qualitative study and literature review explores the perspectives of children and young people and those who care for them. This foundational research looks at the experiences of young people in care, adopted or whāngai and explores how the children and young people involved make sense of these situations. The literature review found that: children who had been in care were able to understand their care history from a young age. However, children currently in care could be confused and poorly informed about their situation; being in care can impact a child’s sense of identity and there can be stigma attached which leads them to hide their situation from their peers; whāngai was important in maintaining links to culture, language, land and history, and supported children to develop a positive sense of identity. (From the website). See also the qualitative study (#7391). Record #7390
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There are many children in New Zealand raised by people other than their birth parents. This qualitative study and literature review explores the perspectives of children and young people and those who care for them.

This foundational research looks at the experiences of young people in care, adopted or whāngai and explores how the children and young people involved make sense of these situations.

The literature review found that: children who had been in care were able to understand their care history from a young age. However, children currently in care could be confused and poorly informed about their situation; being in care can impact a child’s sense of identity and there can be stigma attached which leads them to hide their situation from their peers; whāngai was important in maintaining links to culture, language, land and history, and supported children to develop a positive sense of identity. (From the website). See also the qualitative study (#7391). Record #7390

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