Fostering Mixed Race Children

Everyday Experiences of Foster Care

  • Fiona Peters

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Fiona Peters
    Pages 1-5
  3. Fiona Peters
    Pages 7-21
  4. Fiona Peters
    Pages 99-126
  5. Fiona Peters
    Pages 127-155
  6. Fiona Peters
    Pages 157-182
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 193-215

About this book


The ‘mixed race’ classification is known to be a factor of disadvantage in children’s social care and this fastest growing population is more likely than any other ethnic group to experience care admission. How does knowledge of ‘mixedness’ underpin policy and practice? How, when and why is the classification ‘mixed’ a disadvantage? Through narrative interviews with children currently in foster care, Fostering Mixed Race Children examines the impact of care processes on children’s everyday experiences. Peters shows how the ‘mixed race’ classification affects care admission, including both short and long term fostering and care leaving, and shapes the experiences of children in often adverse ways. The book moves away from the psychologising of ‘mixedness’ towards a much-needed sociological analysis of ‘mixedness’ and ‘mixing’ at the intersection of foster care processes.

This book will be of interest to  academics and practitioners working with families and children. Peters presents a child-centred narrative focus and offers unique insights into a complex area.


family social policy ethnicity childhood youth social work Mixedness care system sociology identity parenting everyday experiences critical race studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Fiona Peters
    • 1
  1. 1.Goldsmiths, University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-54183-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54184-0
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