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Type: Journal article
Title: "Children out of place". Representations of foster care in the Australian news media
Author: Riggs, D.
King, D.
Delfabbro, P.
Augoustinos, M.
Citation: Journal of Children and Media, 2009; 3(3):234-248
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 1748-2798
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Damien W. Riggs, Daniel King, Paul H. Delfabbro and Martha Augoustinos
Abstract: The provision of foster care in Australia has a long and contested history. These histories, along with current media representations of foster care, shape the ways in which the general public understand foster care. Importantly, and where such representations are primarily negative, it is likely that foster care will not be considered a viable option for many people seeking to engage in community work or to care for children. This paper provides an analysis of a sample of representations of foster care in the Australian news media, with a specific focus on the depiction of (1) foster children as “lost children” who are “damaged goods”, (2) foster care systems and social workers as inherently damaging to children, (3) foster carers as primarily either inadequate parents, or good parents only in comparison with “bad social workers”. The paper concludes by highlighting suggestions for future directions within media reporting of foster care in Australia.
Keywords: child abuse
child protection
foster care
news media
social work practice
DOI: 10.1080/17482790902999918
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