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After care – the control of and help for care leavers in a community of foster care
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2015 (English)In: Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Vol. 8, no 1, 75-93 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Contemporary studies of young adults leaving out-of-home care signal that many are highly vulnerable to unemployment, teenage pregnancies, suicide and poverty. In recent years, the need for broader support for care leavers has been underlined in several policy documents in Sweden and elsewhere. Yet, this is not a new phenomenon; the risk of social exclusion was also debated in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries within the context of boarding-out organizations. By introducing governmental techniques for monitoring, boarding-out organizations aimed at controlling and helping care leavers after being discharged. However, the care leavers themselves also actively used the organizations for their own purposes and needs. This article explores how a Swedish boarding-out organization – the industrial school of Prince Carl – monitored care leavers after they had been discharged from the organization from 1877 to 1902. It is argued that a stable and continuously operating institution geographically located in the same area for a long time could have been crucial for care leavers' opportunities to actively use the means of the boarding-out institution as a resource for help and support later in life.

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015. Vol. 8, no 1, 75-93 p.
Keyword [en]
foster care history, governmentality, care leaver, foster child
National Category
History Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114475DOI: 10.1353/hcy.2015.0004OAI: diva2:790081
Fosterbarn i lokalsamhället
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2007-0331
Available from: 2015-02-23 Created: 2015-02-23 Last updated: 2015-03-02

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