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ISS/IRC Code PER-ADOPT UK-01-022
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Title Adoption and Fostering: New Developments in Childcare Practice and Research
Author BAAF (British Association for Adoption and Fostering)
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Date published/issue 00-00-2002
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Publisher British Association for Adoption and Fostering, Skyline House, 200 Union Street, London SE1 0LX
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Index Foster-care
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Free text In Placement with Grandparents - The issues for grandparents who care for their grandchildren, the author, David Pitcher reports on research involving thirty three families of grandparents who looked after their grandchildren. The study shows that these grandparents are in great need of support - either financial or in respite - , in addition to worrying about the future for their grandchildren in case of their own illness or death. Other concerns and issues in this kind of placement have come to light following this study and a support group has now been formed for grandparent carers. BAAF reports on Grandparents Plus a new organisation which aims to help and empower grandparents in the UK (info@grandparentsplus.org.uk). In Contact after adoption. The role of agencies in making and supporting plans, Elsbeth Neil presents a number of different styles practiced by agencies in the matter of contact with birth relatives. She concludes that agencies', as well as adoptive parents' attitudes make a big difference to success in contacts. Proper preparation and planning the support that will be needed is also of great importance. Support to foster carers in the form of a training course based on cognitive-behavioural theory is discussed in Fostering changes. A cognitive-behavioural approach to help foster carers manage children. The need to consult and support foster carers birth children is stressed in The impact of fostering on foster carers' own children, by Angie Watson and Denis Jones. Clive Sellick writes about The aims and principles of independent fostering agencies. In this article he presents a more positive view of the work of these agencies (which are for the most part non-profit or charitable organisations). They are presented as mindful of the rights and needs of the children they place, they deliver "high-quality fostering, social work, education, health and other services" to children, as well as providing "trained and competent foster carers".

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