The purpose of this study was to illustrate how social welfare secretaries reason around the decision to place a child in foster care. More specifically it aims to find out what social welfare secretaries think about the childs contact with its biological parents during out-of-home placement. The data was collected through questionnaires that were sent out by mail. The result was analyzed with the conceptions; attachment, separation, dissonance and acting space. As a conclusion the result show that the social welfare secretaries experienced that the biological parents sometimes stood in the way of the childs need. This meant that sometimes the child wasn’t given the best available care. The attachment was a central aspect of the decision. The biological parent was described as a significant part of the out-of-home placement and the contact between the child and the parents was seen as important. Mainly, the social welfare secretaries, didn’t give any motive to why. It seems to be the general opinion that it’s good for the child to be in contact with its biological family.
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