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Implementing an inclusive paradigm in foster care

At birth, we urgently need someone to help us survive and socialize in society. Usually this is "mom" or some other person who takes care for our biological and psychological needs. Of course, other members of the family are also welcome to this person, contributing to a greater sense of shelter and greater socialization. The need for a child is therefore to live in a family, and the need for an adult to start a family. A child needs parents and an adult needs children. In this way, the individual lives in the family for most of his life (Crnkovič, 2008). Growing up time is an intermediate period when each individual searches for his space under the sun. He shapes his identity, decides his career and is exposed to the pitfalls of today's society. Whether or not he chooses the right path depends not only on him, but also on the environment in which he grows up. Due to a variety of factors, it may be that a child is deprived of growing up in a biological family. One form of care for such a child is a foster family, and such a child is different. Such a child has two mothers, two fathers, several siblings, lives with some of them, meets with some and may have no contact with others. The foster family as a surrogate family provides the child with help and support on the way to adulthood. However, the child, foster parents and biological parents should always be provided with professional, counseling services specialized in helping the family (Kelly & Gilligan, 2000). Yet we wonder if children who have experienced a foster care system have the same opportunities and affection for society. Do we accept these children, as they are, with their specialties, as dictated by inclusion? In this article, we will present the story of a young adult who has experienced the foster care system and through the principles of an inclusive paradigm, we will point out the shortcomings of this in practice.

Anja Ferlin
Dom Antona Skale Maribor


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