Foster care between reparation and risk
Keywords:foster care, reparation, institutional maltreatment, psychodynamic perspective
In this artide, family foster care was analysed from a psychodynamic perspective. lts reparative value was highlighted, in so far as the children can experience secure interpersonal relationships and emotional well-being, as well as the risks underlying this complex social situation. In addition to child and family characteristics, the functioning of the foster family and the role performed by the social services, the justice system and mental health were considered. A case of failure was presented. The importance of concomitant social and psychological support for the children and for their birth parents was stressed. It was concluded that only a close collaboration between the various agents prevented 'institutional maltreatment'.