Cultivating resilience in new foster parents through mentoring: A dyadic analysis

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Despite the use of mentor programs within child welfare, few studies have examined relational issues between matched pairs of mentors/mentees. This qualitative study uses interpretive description and adapted dyadic analysis to explore the challenges faced by new foster parents and how foster parent mentors council them through these challenges. Using in depth interviewing, primary data were collected from mentor/ mentee dyads (N = 22). Emergent themes were permitting grief, taking breaks, setting boundaries, and attending to the needs of the family. This study contributes to extant knowledge by identifying ways in which foster parent mentoring can help new foster parents remain engaged, promote placement stability, and support competency.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104755
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
StatePublished - Mar 2020

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  • Child welfare
  • Dyadic analysis
  • Foster parent mentoring
  • Qualitative
  • Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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