L'affido familiare in Lombardia. Una ricerca quantitativa nel Tribunale per i Minorenni di Milano

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Foster care is a complex intervention in child protection and for social workers and Juvenile Courts it’s difficult to identify exactly the outcomes of this care experience. Although his thirty-year history, in the Italian context, foster care represents a challenge, not only for social workers, but also for the Court that decide it, for children and their families and for foster families. This monography is about foster care projects decided by the Juvenile Court of Milan, in Italy. The research is firstly based on an international literature review of researches on foster care with the aim to identify factors for a “good foster care project” and to create a scheme of success indicators. Starting from the indications emerged from the literature review, the aim of the research was to realize a description of foster care projects decided by the Juvenile Court of Milan from 2010 to 2014. The data collected are analyzed considering the factors for a good foster care placement identified through the literature review. Following a quantitative method, the main part of the research focused on Juvenile Court’s case files analysis. The information about foster care project contained in the documents are collected by a questionnaire. The sample consisted of 308 children for whom the Juvenile Court decided foster care placement. The documentary analysis aimed to recognize and to describe the foster care projects, considering key aspects arisen from the literature review, such as the matching and planning the foster placement, the work with birth families, foster families and foster children, the contacts between the child and his family, the relationship between the two families, the support to foster placement, the project’s conclusion and the possible reunification. This study offers an overview on social work practice in foster care placement in Lombardy, a region of Italy, highlighting also the partnership among different welfare services and the Juvenile Court. The results encourage a reflection on aspects considered important in foster care by social workers in the child protection and the other protagonists of this important care experience.
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] Foster care in Lombardy. A quantitative research in the Juvenile Court of Milan
Lingua originaleItalian
EditoreEdizioni Centro Studi Erickson S.p.A.
Numero di pagine187
ISBN (stampa)978-88-590-1900-8
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2019

Serie di pubblicazioni



  • Affido familiare
  • Analisi documentaria
  • Child protection
  • Documentary analysis
  • Foster care
  • Lavoro sociale
  • Partecipazione
  • Participation
  • Quantitative research
  • Relational social work
  • Ricerca quantitativa
  • Social work
  • Tutela minori


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