Genom föräldrars berättelser om familjehemsvård har forskarna analyserat hur föräldraidentiteter förhandlas i relation till kulturella föreställningar om moderskap. Kunskap om sådana identitetsförhandlande processer kan underlätta möjligheten att i praktiken hantera spänningar i relationen mellan biologiska föräldrar och familjehemsföräldrar och därigenom stödja ett mer konstruktivt föräldrasamarbete kring det placerade barnet. 

Abstract

This article explores birth parents’ negotiations on the identity of the birth mother in three narratives about shared parenthood in foster care. The article draws on data from an interview study exploring the views of 16 birth parents on their experiences of foster care and non-resident parenthood. Through a position analysis, the authors show how the identity of the birth mother is negotiated in light of the moral discourse on intensive mothering. In these stories, birth mothers are positioned as authentic mothers holding a unique, emotional and life-long bond with their children. In contrast, foster mothers are positioned as professional mothers carrying out the formal activities of everyday care. Birth parents re-negotiate the moral discourse on intensive mothering by downplaying the importance of everyday care. The article thus adds to our knowledge on how non-resident mothers find different ways of constructing a sense of mothering, when they are not able to take part in the everyday care of their children. An understanding of such processes is important for social work practice to handle the challenges that may occur in relationships between foster parents and birth parents and thereby to support a more collaborative approach of shared parenthood.

Spånberger Weitz, Y. & Karlsson, M. (2020). Professional or authentic motherhood? Negotiations on the identity of the birth mother in the context of foster care. Qualitative Social Work, March 2020. DOI: 10.1177/1473325020912815