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Achieving successful returns from care PDF ONLY

| Elaine Farmer, Wendy Sturgess, Teresa O’Neill and Dinithi Wijedasa

Reunification has been little studied in the UK but given its place in care planning for looked after children, it certainly deserves greater attention. This study, looking at 180 children, follows the patterns and outcomes of return home; which factors are associated with successful and unsuccessful returns; and the families' views on returns. The results of the study provide important conclusions for policy and practice.

Bridget's taking a long time

| Bridget Betts and Nicky Ball

Moving to new families always raises issues not only for the child being placed but also for children in the family they are moving to. This CD-ROM is an interactive story for children aged 5 to 12 dealing with adoption issues from the point of view of children in an adopting family. This unique resource follows the hopes, fears and frustrations of a child in an adoptive family coming to terms with a new arrival.

Contact after adoption

| Elsbeth Neil, Mary Beek and Emma Ward

Contact after adoption presents the comprehensive findings of a longitudinal study that followed up a group of adopted children, their adoptive parents and birth relatives, where some form of post-adoption contact was planned. This study makes an important contribution to the existing research on contact and offers invaluable practice recommendations.

Contact after adoption summary

| Elsbeth Neil, Mary Beek and Emma Ward

Decisions about contact between an adopted child and their birth family are an essential part of the child’s placement plan and need to take into account the child’s welfare. It is therefore essential to understand how contact affects adopted children throughout their lives. This short book presents a summary of the findings of the Contact after Adoption study, which followed up a group of adopted children, their adoptive parents and birth relatives, where some form of post-adoption contact was planned.

Contact: if your child is being adopted


This Advice Note provides basic, clear information about contact for those whose child has been, or is about to be, adopted, with details about what to expect. 

Dennis lives with Grandma and Grandpa

| Paul Sambrooks

The Dennis Duckling series provides a range of options for explaining to looked after children about what is happening in their lives. In the first two books, Dennis and his little sister have leave their parents and be looked after by a foster duck family. In this fourth book, the outcome for the ducklings is for them to be looked after by Grandma and Grandpa.

Four essential guides to online safety

| Eileen Fursland

This bundle includes: Foster care and social networking - Social networking and contact - Facing up to Facebook - Social networking and you. Get these four essential guides to online safety for only £35 (£48.80 when purchased separately).

Helping birth families

| Elsbeth Neil, Jeanette Cossar, Paula Lorgelly and Julie Young

This research study explores and evaluates the growing area of adoption support of birth families where a child has been adopted. It is based on data collected from eight agencies providing independent support services to birth relatives, and from interviews with 73 birth relatives with recent experience of losing a child to adoption.