Perceptions of Long-Term Female Foster-Carers: I'm Not a Carer, I'm a Mother

Published on Sep 1, 2013in British Journal of Social Work1.884
路 DOI :10.1093/BJSW/BCS047
Stacy Blythe6
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Elizabeth J Halcomb46
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+ 1 AuthorsDebra Jackson87
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