Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 23–51 | Cite as

A Response to No One Ever Asked Us: A Review of Children’s Experiences in Out-of-Home Care

  • Adair FoxEmail author
  • Jill Duerr Berrick


Recent research on children in out-of-home care has highlighted their demographic characteristics, their physical and mental health status, and case outcomes, yet the body of literature examining children’s perspectives on care is relatively limited. This review provides an overview of almost two dozen studies examining children’s experiences of care. Findings from studies involving interviews with current and former foster youth are reviewed in relation to four child welfare goals: (1) protecting children from harm; (2) fostering children’s well-being; (3) supporting children’s families; and (4) promoting permanence. Implications for improved child welfare practice are offered.

Foster Care  Kinship Care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ann Martin CenterPiedmontUSA
  2. 2.University of California at BerkeleyBerkeley, USA

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