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30 years of childcare practice and research: an overview

| Multiple

Eighteen leading figures in the field of adoption and fostering contribute to this special edition of BAAF’s acclaimed journal. They reflect on what has been achieved in family placement in the last three decades and also consider some of the many challenges that remain. Themes discussed include: contact; the evolution of developmental psychology; the importance of recognising children’s family and social relationships through to adulthood; assessment; and listening to children.

A child’s journey through placement

| Vera I Fahlberg, MD

Separation, loss, grief and change are expected parts of the experience of children in placement. How do those charged with the responsibility of planning for these children address their needs? This essential reference book - a 'must-read' text for more than 20 years - contains the theoretical knowledge base and skills necessary for understanding, working with and planning for children and their families.

A guide to writing panel minutes

| John Pratt

This pamphlet helps panel minute-takers to meet statutory requirements and produce accurate and high quality minutes.

Access to information for adult care leavers

| Julia Feast and Leonie Jordan

This Good Practice Guide aims to set out a protocol for dealing with Subject Access Requests (SARs) in order to improve services for adult care leavers and establish greater consistency and quality practice across organisations.

Adopting a brother or sister

| Hedi Argent

This short, colourful booklet is part of CoramBAAF’s series of publications for children and young people, which aim to explain concepts in adoption and fostering that they may find difficult to understand.

Adopting a child

| Jenifer Lord

This beginner’s guide is the book for anyone considering adopting in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. This book will guide you through the adoption process, reflecting current legislation and guidance, with real life adoption stories.

Adopting a child in Scotland

| Robert Swift

This book – the first of its kind in Scotland – covers everything you need to know about adoption in Scotland. It describes the processes involved in adopting a child, with a wealth of practical information. You can also read the stories of adopters from how it feels to go through the adoption process to what life as an adoptive family is really like, and the stories of adopted children and how they think and feel about adoption.

Adopting large sibling groups

| Hilary Saunders and Julie Selwyn

This research study examines adopters’ experiences of parenting a large sibling group, as well as the views of staff in adoption agencies who need to recruit and support adopters willing to take siblings. The study is based on in-depth interviews undertaking with 37 sibling group adopters and staff in 14 adoption agencies, which aimed to identify best practice in placing sibling groups for adoption, and what works and what doesn’t work for children, adopters and agencies.

Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007

| Fergus Smith and Roy Stewart with Alistair Stobie

This handy guide presents the law, regulations, rules and guidance relating to adoption today, covering all stages of the process and related information – in easily digested bite-sized chunks.

Adoption by foster carers

| Elaine Dibben and Viv Howorth

Adoption by foster carers is an area of practice that has attracted controversy and divergent views prevail. This Good Practice Guide explores some of the issues behind the contradictory views. It challenges practitioners to reflect on the established “practice wisdom” and adopt a more open-minded and child-centred approach.