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In this article, based on themes from her recent book, Attachment, Trauma and Resilience (BAAF, 2002), Kate Cairns proposes that foster carers and adopters need theories and models drawn from or supported by research in order to make sense of their life with children who have experienced early...
There is undoubtedly a need to establish a firm legislative, policy and practice basis for adoption. At the same time, it is recognised that a range of permanence options is required to meet the needs of children for whom adoption is not appropriate, not achievable or against their wishes....
Despite numerous anecdotal reports, very few Australian data are available concerning the characteristics of foster carers and the problems associated with foster caring. In this study by Paul Delfabbro, John Taplin and Yvonne Bentham, 48 South Australian foster carers were interviewed and asked...
US research suggests that kinship foster carers are a valued resource but less well supported than carers who are strangers. Jennifer Sykes, Ian Sinclair, Ian Gibbs and Kate Wilson draw on data from their own large-scale study of foster carers to see if similar issues arise in England. The study...
For many years Michele Wates has been involved in developing peer support and a campaigning network of disabled parents in the UK. She considers that, while disabled children and adoption have been the focus of some debate, the issue of adoption has received far too little attention in relation...
Evelyn Robinson addresses the grief experienced by mothers who have lost children through adoption and suggests that their grief is disenfranchised. She explores the reasons for this and outlines methods for assisting mothers to integrate their experience of adoption loss into their lives, as...
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