Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Faculty of Humanities (CZECH REPUBLIC)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2019 Proceedings
Publication year: 2019
Pages: 11682-11686
ISBN: 978-84-09-14755-7
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2019.2926
Conference name: 12th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 11-13 November, 2019
Location: Seville, Spain
Foster children often live in complicated relationships and belong to two families, biological and a foster family. A biological family works poorly or does not function or works poorly at all, on the other side, a foster family faces a difficult task to create a loving, safe, non-evaluative environment for children where all needs will be saturated and will contribute to wellbeing of all members of the family.

Moreover, foster parents influence and model childrens´ personality, influence their values and attitudes in general, including attitudes to education and schoolling. Futhemore, they should be involved to help their children with school tasks at home. Foster parents school involvement requires many skills and might be very demanding and stressful due to many circumstences on the side of elderly foster parents but also on the side of foster children.

The aim of the study was to describe and analyze experience of elderly foster parents with their school involvement. The first partial objective was to find out how elderly foster parents bring up foster children and their attitudes toward schooling. The second partial goal was to find out how elderly foster parents get involved and help their children with school requirements and tasks.

A qualitative research method was used; the findings presented in this paper are taken from a descriptive qualitative case study.
As a result, parental school involvement of elderly foster parents requires learning and developping new strategies to help foster children with their schooling. It also requires managing the role of “active facilitator” and suporter. Elderly foster parents should have the possibility of support from teachers but also other professionals.
Foster parents, foster children, parental school involvement.