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Discussions about provision for children in the care of the state have continually raised the question, can the corporate state parent? Roger Bullock, Mark E Courtney, Roy Parker, Ian Sinclair and June Thoburn consider the question in the light of recent studies of separated children. It is...
As seen in recent evaluative studies, family foster care is in crisis in Australia, the UK and the USA, as in other Western countries. Although it has the potential to provide children and young people with nurturing substitute families, such a service cannot be expected to serve adequately all...
Portrayals of looked after children often rely on misconceptions about their needs, experiences and development. While their disadvantaged status should not be ignored, poor outcomes are often emphasised at the expense of good ones and pejorative stereotypes can prevail. In light of two recent...
Kate Cairns, an experienced foster carer, discusses the fundamental questions about the success and limitations of substitute parenting raised in the preceding three articles (Bullock et al, 2006; Hare and Bullock, 2006; Maluccio and Ainsworth, 2006). She describes how she and her husband tried...
Alison McLeod describes a research project that explored the effectiveness of communication between social workers and young people in care. Interviews with young people revealed that, even though their social workers had described making significant efforts to listen to them, the young people...
Although professional intermediary work to facilitate contact between people separated by adoption is a common aspect of after-adoption work, relatively little light has been cast on the nuances of this sensitive area of practice. Hitherto a service mainly used by adopted people seeking contact...
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