Children in residential group care with no family ties: Facing existential aloneness

Orly Dvir, Anita Weiner, Hagai Kupermintz

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The issue of children living in residential group care in Israel completely without family ties is studied in order to explore the feelings of staff and uncover possible characteristics of these children. Data were collected through focus groups, questionnaires, and life stories of children who left group care at 18 years of age. Results reveal that the children's aloneness is central in their lives and arouses painful and powerful emotions that staff members tend to avoid. Facing the future alone without support and guidance led to major crisis during adolescence. Those who had formed a long-term, significant relationship with an adult fared better.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)282-304
Number of pages23
JournalResidential Treatment for Children and Youth
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2012


  • children-at-risk
  • foster group care
  • legal guardians
  • no family ties
  • residential group care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Law


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