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A marginalised resource? PDF ONLY

| Bridget Betts

Single carers are a valuable resource for waiting looked after children, but more could be done to increase the numbers coming forward, to improve the way in which they are assessed, and ensure that they get the support they need. This practice guide reviews the research, relevant legislation, and policy and practice issues surrounding the recruitment, assessment and support of single carers, and provides authoritative practice advice for those involved.

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.

Adopted children speaking PDF ONLY

| Caroline Thomas and Verna Beckford

If you really want to learn about children's wishes and feelings about adoption and their experience of it, this book is for you. Bringing together views collected as part of a wider research project, this book gives voice to the perspective of children themselves on their adoption. Full of moving and poignant testimonies, it provides revealing insights into what children and young people themselves think and understand about adoption.

Adopters on adoption PDF ONLY

| David Howe

How does it feel to care for someone else's child? How do adopters feel about birth parents? What is the balance of influence between children's inherited characteristics and the way they are raised? This absorbing collection of personal stories gives voice to adopters' experiences, thoughts and observations about adoption.

Adoption for looked after children: messages from research PDF ONLY

| Caroline Thomas

The Adoption Research Initiative was a Government-funded programme to explore the effects of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. Seven large and complex studies considered a range of areas, including adoption, disruption, long-term fostering, and matching practices. This summary brings together and analyses the results of all seven studies.

Belonging and permanence PDF ONLY

| Nina Biehal, Sarah Ellison, Claire Baker and Ian Sinclair

This book reports the findings of a study which compared three types of permanent placement: adoption by strangers, adoption by carers, and long-term foster care. What were the outcomes for the children? How stable were the different placements? And what were the emotional, behavioural and relationship difficulties of children in each type of home? This book provides important evidence on the outcomes of different permanent placements.

Evaluating obesity in substitute carers PDF ONLY

| Mary Mather and Karen Lehner

Obesity is an escalating health problem in many countries, including the UK. Obesity is also a contentious area of practice, and for social workers involved in the assessment of applicants to foster and adopt it is just one of the many important issues to be considered, and can be very challenging.

Exploring infertility issues in adoption PDF ONLY

| Ian Millar and Christina Paulson-Ellis

Many people considering adoption, both couples and single people, will have experienced infertility - in fact, it is frequently a central motivating factor behind an adoption application. This practice guide explores how best to approach this subject with prospective adopters, what topics to consider in the assessment process, and how the experience of infertility can affect adoption applicants.

Fostering unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children PDF ONLY

| Selam Kidane and Penny Amerena

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children have survived the consequences of conflict and persecution – trauma, injury, pain, loss and separation. Once in the UK, local authorities have a duty to look after these vulnerable children to the same standards as any other looked after child, with an increasing number in foster care. Foster carers need formal training to give them additional understanding and skills to add to their existing experience and commitment. This training course provides a comprehensive introduction to the issues.

If you don't stick with me, who will? PDF ONLY

| Edited by Henrietta Bond

This is a book about ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. It is a collection of first-person accounts from foster carers, who tell us what it's like to foster children and young people, many of whom have experienced loss, trauma, abuse, or just a very difficult start in life. Invariably, they experience problems, challenges and disappointments, but also the successes, triumphs and rewards that fostering can offer.