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Foster Placements : Why They Succeed and Why They Fail - Ian Gibbs

Foster Placements

Why They Succeed and Why They Fail

Paperback Published: 15th October 2004
ISBN: 9781843101734
Number Of Pages: 272

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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 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.

Once more, the team at the University of York presents us with a rigorous study replete with elements contributing to debate and decision-making. -- Child and Family Social Work
One hopes that this excellent series will be widely read. -- Adoption & Fostering

Acknowledgementsp. 6
Background and Introductionp. 7
The Sample: Characteristics and Reasons for Placementp. 17
Placements and Destinationsp. 30
A Kind of Loving: The Children's Accountsp. 45
Outcomesp. 62
Explanations: Social Worker and Carer Accountsp. 74
The Case Studiesp. 94
Spirals of Interactionp. 117
Measuring Successp. 133
Foster Children: Characteristics, Personalities and Problemsp. 145
Birth Families: Characteristics and Patterns of Contactp. 160
Foster Families: Characteristics, Reactions to Child and Approach of Main Carerp. 180
Social Work Supportp. 196
Other Forms of Supportp. 207
Change and Containmentp. 220
Summary and Conclusionsp. 232
Are Our Samples Representative?p. 253
Selection of Placements for Interviewp. 260
Referencesp. 262
Subject Indexp. 266
Author Indexp. 272
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ISBN: 9781843101734
ISBN-10: 1843101734
Series: Supporting Parents
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 15th October 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41