Adoptive and foster parent screening: a professional guide for evaluations

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Routledge, 2007 - Psychology - 236 pages
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Screening applicants for adoption or foster homes has life-altering consequences for the children involved, yet there are incredibly few programs available to train screeners. The educational system that certifies thousands of social workers each year does not understand the specialized training required to screen adoptive and foster parents; social work schools provide minimal interview training and what training they do provide focuses on therapeutic interview techniques rather than screening skills. There is a clear need for a book like Tough Choices, one that can be incorporated into course requirements and used by working social workers and psychologists involved with adoption and foster parent screening. The Screener, written by a former social worker, who has placed hundreds of children into adoptive and foster homes, and a clinical psychologist, will mesh the best of psychology and social work experience into a definitive guide for screening adoption and foster home applicants. The bookwill provide information on: Evaluating aberrant behavior and unhealthy parenting attitudes Interview techniques Psychological testing The Screener will target a professional and academic audience, but it will be written in an accessible style that will be free of technical language, thus making it appropriate for college level students and professionals who don't have time to sift through empirical data to obtain accessible information that they can adapt to their profession. It will not be written for adoptive parents. It will be based on case histories, research data, and interpretive analysis.

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In the Beginning A History
Who Are Screeners and What Do They Do?
Adoption Agencies Private vs Public

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About the author (2007)

James L. Dickerson is the author of several books including "Last Suppers", "Dixie Chicks", & "That's Alright, Elvis". A veteran newspaper journalist, Dickerson lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

MARDI ALLEN is a psychologist. She was the 2002-2003 president of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), an alliance of state, provincial, and territorial agencies responsible for the licensure and discipline of all psychologists throughout the United States and Canada.

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