Experiencing Foster Care-Happiness and Wellbeing of Institutionalised Children
Keywords:Experience, foster care,happiness,wellbeing,institutionalised children.
The institutionalised children are the most vulnerable group in our society and they show many problems.To
improve institutionalized children’s protection there is an urgent need to understand the various issues faced
by them and find out remedial measures.To ensure the care and protection of institutionalised children,the
Kerala state government has launched foster care scheme under the department of women and child
development.This study is based on the group discussion by researcher with the institutionalised children
who are experiencing foster care.
The objective of the study is to understand the foster care experience of institutionalised children and
also understand their happiness and wellbeing during the period of foster caring.The researcher selected
focus group discussion method for collecting data.Researcher made two focus group discussion with
institutionalised children who are experiencing foster care.The group include six girls and another group
contain seven boys. Hence the total respondents were thirteen in number
Result and Conclusion:The experience of foster care children from foster families are very positive.They
are satisfied with the care,love and facilities which are provided by their foster parents and sibilings.The
children can transform their lives during the foster care period.Many children have the wish to return their