Exploring self-care practices in foster carers: a qualitative study

Amy L. Miko, Emily Berger, Govind Krishnamoorthy

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This study aimed to explore how foster carers conceptualize and engage in self-care using interviews with 8 participants. Results suggest that self-care practices are an important component of maintaining the physical and mental health of foster carers, preventing burn-out and enhancing therapeutic parenting practices. Several barriers to self-care are identified, including systemic barriers as well a foster carers’ own feelings of guilt for prioritizing their own needs. Results indicate that self-care requires a collaborative approach between foster carers and the broader child welfare system. Improved self-care specific training, resources and coaching from agencies were also identified as important outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-355
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • foster care
  • out of home care
  • qualitative
  • retention
  • Self-care

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