Fostering a Child's Recovery: Family Placement for Traumatized Children

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jan 15, 2009 - Social Science - 160 pages
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The overwhelming majority of children and young people in care today are fostered, but for some this only increases their problems through untreated trauma, ill-judged placements, poorly supported foster carers and multiple moves. This practical and evidence-based book outlines the principles of family placement on the basis of planning and evidence, and explores the qualities, skills and insights that create positive placement outcomes. Fostering a Child's Recovery shows how the key to good fostering is well-trained and skilled foster carers who form part of a team of professionals who surround the child. This book will benefit all professionals and parents involved in providing recovery for traumatized children and young people in ensuring successful placements.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD
9
Introduction
13
1 The Context of Family Placement
15
2 Children and Their Histories
41
3 The Carers
63
4 Fostering Loss and Opportunity
85
Introductions and the Practice Family
99
6 How Placements Can Succeed
113
NOTES
133
REFERENCES
135
THE STORY OF SACCS
141
THE AUTHORS
147
SUBJECT INDEX
149
AUTHOR INDEX
155
back cover
158
Copyright

7 Toward Independence
127

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Mike Thomas MSW, CQSW is consultant for external foster care, Mary Walsh Institute. He has been involved in childcare for 25 years and in foster care since 1984, first as a worker and since 1987 also as a foster carer. He has worked in both the public and independent fostering sectors. Terry Philpot is author and editor of several books, including (with Anthony Douglas) Adoption: Changing Families, Changing Times. He co-authored the previous four books in the Delivering Recovery series. He writes occasionally for The Tablet, the Guardian and other publications, and has won several awards for his journalism.

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