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Social Work

On-line version ISSN 2312-7198
Print version ISSN 0037-8054

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SCHILLER, Ulene. Exploring adolescents' participation in decision-making in related foster care placements in South Africa. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2015, vol.51, n.2. ISSN 2312-7198.  http://dx.doi.org/51-1-442.

Since the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted in 1989, children have a right to express their views and participate in matters concerning them. This aspect of participation is also encompassed in legislation in South Africa. This paper explores the participatory decision-making experiences that adolescents have relating to their foster care placements by conducting a qualitative research study. Findings indicate that a minority of adolescents were included in the decision-making processes. The paper concludes with findings for foster care and recommends that adolescents should be taken seriously in matters concerning them.

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