Foster Placements

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"Foster Placements: Why They Succeed and Why They Fail describes the differences between successful and less successful placements. Drawing on a study of nearly 600 foster children, the book shows how the child, the carers and the 'chemistry' between them all contribute to differences in outcome. It also considers the contribution of the school, the social workers and the child's own family." The book blends statistical data with case studies and personal accounts from foster carers, social workers and the children themselves. It is an essential
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Overview

"Foster Placements: Why They Succeed and Why They Fail describes the differences between successful and less successful placements. Drawing on a study of nearly 600 foster children, the book shows how the child, the carers and the 'chemistry' between them all contribute to differences in outcome. It also considers the contribution of the school, the social workers and the child's own family." The book blends statistical data with case studies and personal accounts from foster carers, social workers and the children themselves. It is an essential and stimulating read for social workers, policy makers and foster families concerned with the success of foster placements.
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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)

Table of Contents

1 Background and introduction 7
2 The sample : characteristics and reasons for placement 17
3 Placements and destinations 30
4 A kind of loving : the children's accounts 45
5 Outcomes 62
6 Explanations : social worker and carer accounts 74
7 The case studies 94
8 Spirals of interaction 117
9 Measuring success 133
10 Foster children : characteristics, personalities and problems 145
11 Birth families : characteristics and patterns of contact 160
12 Foster families : characteristics, reactions to child and approach of main carer 180
13 Social work support 196
14 Other forms of support 207
15 Change and containment 220
16 Summary and conclusions 232
App. 1 Are our samples representative? 253
App. 2 Selection of placements for interview 260
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