FOSTER CARERS

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"Foster carers look after two-thirds of the children cared for by English local authorities at any time. The recruitment and retention of these carers is one of these authorities central concerns. Against this background, Foster Carers examines the joys, sadnesses and strains of fostering, the support carers want and need, and the reasons why they continue or cease fostering." "Drawing on questionnaire responses from a thousand foster carers across seven different local authorities, the authors highlight the importance of providing support that:
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Overview

"Foster carers look after two-thirds of the children cared for by English local authorities at any time. The recruitment and retention of these carers is one of these authorities central concerns. Against this background, Foster Carers examines the joys, sadnesses and strains of fostering, the support carers want and need, and the reasons why they continue or cease fostering." "Drawing on questionnaire responses from a thousand foster carers across seven different local authorities, the authors highlight the importance of providing support that: is adapted to the carers' families; contains the basic elements of reasonable payment, relevant training and reliable social work support; responds sensitively to serious crises and treats carers as part of a team; and meets the specific needs of carers such as carers' groups and relief breaks." Foster Carers forms one part of the largest recent study into foster care in the UK. It is an invaluable resource for policy makers and practitioners, as well as local authorities formulating policies for the support and training needed by foster carers, and is essential reading for social work professionals, academics and foster carers themselves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843101727
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: Supporting Parents Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6
1 Background and introduction 7
2 Who are the carers? 18
3 Kinds of fostering 32
4 Strains and satisfactions 47
5 Who finds it easiest to foster? 73
6 Stressful 'events' for foster carers 87
7 Informal and formal support 105
8 Continuing and ceasing to foster 126
9 Explaining outcomes : putting the variables together 143
10 Conclusion 155
App. 1: Sample representativeness 173
App. 2: Census pro-forma 177
App. 3: Kinship carers 179
References 181
Subject index 185
Author index 191
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