Identity Development In Foster Children

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“…now they use me as a guinea pig. They try out all these different programs and try and make me fit into it. It's like they go buy a book on how to analyze a 17-year-old foster kid, the stereotype. And that's how they treat you; not like yourself.” This is an example from the data collected while conducting a study on adolescent identity development in foster care. A foster home serves to provide a family-like environment for children who under certain circumstances cannot live with their biological family. Children wind up in foster homes for a number of reasons, reasons often misjudged by their peers. Upon entry to foster care, a child receives the status of ‘foster child’, which is perceived more in a negative way, bad. It is becoming

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