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dr. A.T. Steenbakkers

Post-doctoral researcher

More information about the following projects can be found on the website of the Foster Care Research Centre Groningen.

The voices of children under the age of twelve in the out-of-home placement decision: how can this be strengthened?

The decision for placing children in out-of-home care is not straightforward, because there are many uncertain factors. The participation of children under the age of twelve enables decision-makers to consider the needs of children and to make well-informed decisions. Through interviewing children, judges, lawyers, guardians at litem, guardians and child protection investigators, this study explores how young children currently participate in this decision and how this can be strengthened. There will also be a case file analysis of court files and a policy analysis. This project is funded by Stichting Kinderpostzegels and is executed in cooperation with Defence for Children. Other researchers on this project: Hans Grietens and Mariëlle Bahlman.

Participation of children in family foster care: Q sort as a tool to help children express their needs.

It is important to satisfy the psychosocial needs of children in family foster care. The challenge for foster parents and care workers is to adapt to the individual needs of a child. Not every child finds it easy to talk about themselves and what they want. In this project we therefore develop a tool which enables children 8 years and older to express their needs; without words and without influence from adults. Insights gained with this tool can help foster parents and care workers to adjust their caretaking. Other collaborators on this project: Hans Grietens en Steffie van der Steen.

Dissertation: 'What I really needed was a voice': The psychosocial needs of youth in family foster care and the impact of traumatic experiences

In order to help youth in family foster care grow and cope with their traumatic experiences, it is important that their psychosocial needs are met in a way that aligns with their individual circumstances. In my PhD study I asked youth themselves what their needs were and through Q methodology several need typologies were displayed. Additionally I studied the impact of their traumatic history on their needs. A Dutch magazine outlines some of the findings of this project. The study was funded by Fonds Slachtofferhulp and supported by Augeo Foundation. Supervisor: Hans Grietens. Co-supervisor: Steffie van der Steen and Ingunn T. Ellingsen.

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