We study the link between couple, co-parenting, and parenting practices to inform services that enhance the quality and stability of care for Georgia's foster youth.
While foster parenting can be very rewarding, there are many unique challenges and stressors that foster parent couples experience following the placement of a child in their home that may jeopardize placement quality and stability. These challenges are likely to put a strain on foster parents’ couple and coparenting relationship. Common conflicts experienced by foster parents include a lack of equal commitment to fostering, role ambiguity, lack of communication, and disagreement on parenting decisions. Negativity in the couple/co-parenting relationship leads to ineffective parenting, which compounds the stress already experienced by foster children.