Teenagers in Foster Care

Seminar Series

Key points plus recorded presentations on:

How views of parenting and teenagers apply to foster care

Sex in adolescence: Balancing rights and risks

Future directions for effective interdisciplinary youth justice systems

Migrant Children in Foster Care

Innovative approaches to support young people transitioning from care to adulthood

Key points from seminars 1-5: Summary Report (pdf)


  • Provide a range of different theoretical perspectives on parenting, studies of adolescence and fostering;
  • Create a new interdisciplinary research network by connecting researchers, practitioners and policy makers;
  • Influence policy and practice by directly engaging users in the seminar series and the future network;
  • Develop an international research agenda with a specific focus on fostering teenagers.

Funded by an award from the Economic and Social Research Council: Teenagers in Foster Care: The critical role of carers and other adults 2014-15

Organised by the University of Oxford (Rees Centre and Department of Social Policy), University of Bedfordshire and University of Gothenburg.

Teenagers in Foster Care handbook 

Jointly written by foster carers and researchers and launched in London in January 2017. Emerged from the Teenagers in Foster Care seminar series.  Free hard copy on request or download for free: Teenagers In Foster Care Handbook – pdf

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A handbook for foster carers and those that support them. Based on the ESRC seminar series Teenagers in Foster Care