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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 00-00-2001
Date received 00-00-0000
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Publisher British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering, Skyline House, 200 Union Street, London SE1 0LX
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Index Foster-care
Free text Among articles in this issue: In Adjusting to a foster family: Children's perspectives, the authors, E. Heptinstall, K. Bhopal and J. Brannen, give an account of their findings of how children adapt and make sense of foster placement. Ian Sinclair, Kate Wilson and Ian Gibbs report in A life more ordinary: What children want from foster placement, that they found the children interviewed expressed a variety of very different feelings and reactions to being fostered. The children give recommendations to social services which include financial and practical considerations, proper matching with foster carers, varying amounts of contact with birth families, placement with siblings, etc. In Birth fathers' lives after adoption, Gary Clapton reports on interviews with a group of 30 birth fathers that he questioned about their feelings after their child was adopted. He concludes that their experiences and feelings are far from being known and few professionals are sufficiently concerned about this. Birth fathers should be taken into consideration in permanence planning and post-adoption support be made available to them. The "father unknown" statement should, in future, not necessarily be acceptable, for "a greater focus on the birth father in adoption is in the direct interests of the adopted person.."

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