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dc.contributor.authorHelland, Hege Beate Stein
dc.description.abstractThis article studies how three groups of professional decision-makers – child welfare workers, experts on children and judges – exercise discretion in decisions on adoption from care in the Norwegian child welfare system. The analysis is based on near 500 decision-makers’ responses to a vignette about David, a four-year-old boy whose foster parents want to adopt him. After reading the vignette, decision-makers were asked to choose a measure for David: adoption or continued foster care. They were thereupon asked (1) which specific features of the case were decisive to their decision and (2) in which ways the case would have to be different for them to make a different decision. The objective of the study is to examine how the decision-makers who chose adoption for David reason their decision and to locate the pivotal dimensions in their best interest assessment. Results show that although variance is located between and within decision-maker groups, the similarities in discretionary reasoning are prevailing. The justifications for adoption were varied and generally child-centered, while the factors that had power to transform a decision were mainly parent-oriented and focused entirely on the parents’ commitment and capabilities as well as the relationship the child has or could have with his parents. The decision-makers’ exercise of discretion mirrors the tensions between children’s rights and family preservation in modern child welfare practice and the need for measures to guide decision-making behavior and improve the quality of discretionary reasoning is discussed.en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleTipping the scales: The power of parental commitment in decisions on adoption from careen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2020 The Authoren_US
dc.source.journalChildren and Youth Services Reviewen_US
dc.relation.projectNorges forskningsråd: 262773en_US
dc.identifier.citationChildren and Youth Services Review. 2020, 119, 105693en_US

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