Foster Placements

Foster Placements

by Ian Sinclair, Kate Wilson, Ian Gibbs
     
 

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How can we determine success in foster placements? Based on exhaustive research, the authors discuss the primary concerns in foster placement planning, considering the high frequency of placement breakdowns, their impact on the child's behaviour and school performance, and the challenges this places on foster families.

The specific needs of the foster child are

Overview

How can we determine success in foster placements? Based on exhaustive research, the authors discuss the primary concerns in foster placement planning, considering the high frequency of placement breakdowns, their impact on the child's behaviour and school performance, and the challenges this places on foster families.

The specific needs of the foster child are given close attention in determining a pathway to success. By monitoring and describing the individual characteristics of the child within the context of the placement, the authors are able to reveal what types of supports are most beneficial.

The implications for this research are considerable. Social workers are given new methods of assessing the needs of foster children which emphasise the process of care and not just the outcome. Policy makers are provided with rich qualitative accounts with which to increase and strengthen the success of foster placements. This is essential reading for social workers, policy makers and foster families.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843101734
Publisher:
Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date:
10/15/2004
Series:
Supporting Parents Series
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.58(d)

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Meet the Author

Ian Gibbs is a research consultant at the SWRDU at the University of York. His main area of research is looked after children, particularly those in residential care and foster care.

Kate Wilson is Professor of Social Work at the Centre for Social Work, University of Nottingham. She has researched and published widely in the fields of therapeutic work and child welfare, including books on social work with couples, social work in a legal context, non-directive play therapy, and adoption and fostering.

Ian Sinclair is Co-director of the Social Work Research and Development Unit at The University of York. His research interests include attachment theory and the evaluation of social work and social work services. Ian Gibbs is a researcher at the Social Work Research and Development Unit at The University of York. His research interests include Leadership, resources and efficiency in children's homes; quality of care for children in residential and foster care; costs and quality issues in residential care and nursing homes; financial resources available to elderly people. Kate Wilson is Chair of Social Work at the Centre for Social Work. She teaches on the children and families pathway on the Centre's post-graduate programme in social work and on the post-qualifying programme in child care. She has researched and published widely in the fields of therapeutic work and child welfare, including books on social work with couples, social work in a legal context, on non-directive play therapy and journal articles on literature and social work, play therapy in statutory and legal settings, and adoption and fostering.

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