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South African child welfare organisations are currently faced with a huge task. Not only must they find strategies to tackle poverty and redress the inequalities created by apartheid, but in addition they must develop effective models of care to support children and families affected by the...
A growing number of children placed for adoption are found to have attachment difficulties. Such difficulties can be profound, leading to disruptive behaviour which adoptive parents often find hard to cope with and understand. As Mary Beek contends in this paper, one of the challenges for...
Veronica Carter, Sally Magee and Rosalind Thoday describe the results of a survey of the Adoption Information Exchange, a ‘postbox system’ between adoptive and birth families which operates within Hampshire Social Services Department. The system, set up in 1993, provides a third-party,...
The recognition that ‘no child is unadoptable’ (Churchill et al, 1979) has been one of the most successful features of special needs adoption. This has led to a growing number of placements involving mentally disabled children (BAAF, 1983). Kathy Mason, Peter Selman and Mike Hughes report on the...
In this article Bob Broad identifies the health of care leavers as an emerging and significant issue in child care and, based on empirical findings, argues that improvements to their health is needed as a matter of some urgency. The article summarises recent health literature in the leaving care...
Until the Warnock Report of 1984, the veil of secrecy surrounding donor assisted conception in the UK went more or less unchallenged. Starting with a look at the Report and subsequent legislation, Eric Blyth explores the main arguments for and against releasing information about their genetic...
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