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There are a growing number of single people applying to adopt or foster, or who are successfully caring for children, but they remain an under-used resource. Agencies need to ensure that they do not deter single applicants from coming forward as potential carers, and that they work carefully and successfully to assess and support them. 

This practice guide reviews the research, the relevant legislation across the UK, and the policy and practice issues surrounding these questions. Illustrated with quotes from single carers who have adopted or who are waiting to be matched, and a wealth of practical guidance for those conducting assessments and working with single carers and adopters, this is a key text for all those involved in this field.

Who is this book for?

This is a key text for social workers, managers and all those involved with single carers and adopters. 

What you will find in this book

This guide explores:

  • Ways of recruiting single men and women as adopters and foster carers
  • Issues of best practice at all stages of the assessment process
  • Ways for social workers to support single adopters and carers more effectively
  • Changing perceptions of single male carers and their future role in adoption and fostering

The author

Bridget Betts has a wide range of experience in both adoption and fostering, in the statutory and voluntary sectors. She has written a number of publications and also produced/filmed a number of CD-ROMs and DVDs on these subjects. 

This book is out of print. It can be downloaded free by CoramBAAF members from the members’ area of the website. The pdf file can be purchased by non-members.