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The overpowering majority of youngsters and youngsters in care this present day are fostered, yet for a few this purely raises their difficulties via untreated trauma, ill-judged placements, poorly supported foster carers and a number of strikes. This functional and evidence-based e-book outlines the foundations of kinfolk placement at the foundation of making plans and facts, and explores the characteristics, talents and insights that create confident placement results. "Fostering a kid's restoration" indicates how the most important to solid fostering is well-trained and expert foster carers who shape a part of a group of pros who encompass the kid. This ebook will gain all execs and fogeys excited by offering restoration for traumatized childrens and youth in making sure profitable placements.

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However, the prescription is that there will be an oversight of the therapeutic process, and that the provision of this is, therefore, not indicative of a problem, more a recognition of continuing issues. ) In this book we make various references to all three parts of the recovery team – the life-story worker, the therapist and the therapeutic parent – but it should be emphasized again that they are working hand in hand, each sharing knowledge about the child, even when the child is, at certain times, in the care of different members of the team.

The results were roughly that a third had not wished to enter care, a third had mixed feelings about this and a third were in favour of it. 79). However, the only children studied were those in residential care and not those in foster care. The children’s negative responses to foster care may have been conditioned by the fact that they felt insecure and feared change. It would not mean that the preferred option was necessarily good for them. Also, some of the more difficult young people might prefer foster care for the wrong reasons: therapeutically, they might need to be challenged or encouraged to develop emotionally, whereas stays in residential care may prevent this by allowing them to continue in an undemanding environment.

That their birth family is important to care leavers is well attested to in research (Marsh and Peel 1999). Their main attachments are to mothers, grandparents, aunts and brothers and sisters rather than fathers. Care leavers from ethnic minorities have been found to have fewer family contacts than white care leavers have, which makes kinship care all the more attractive as a care alternative. There is also the preventative aspect of kinship care. Richards (2001) shows that children who are cared for by their grandparents, whose parents may have abused them and/or have a mental illness or are substance misusers, would otherwise go into local authority care.

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