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Title Adoption and Fostering: New Developments in Childcare, Practice and Research
Author BAAF (British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering)
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Date published/issue 00-00-2001
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Publisher British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering, Skyline House, 200 Union Street, London SE1 0LX
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Free text Among the articles in this issue: Trauma experienced by children adopted from abroad, by René Hoksbergen,Senior Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Utrecht, Netherlands and Cor van Dijkum, Associate Professor of Research and Methodology at the same university. In this article, the authors equate psychological problems faced by international adoptees to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), such as what men and women exposed to war or natural disasters experience. These troubles are related to loss and separation from the primary caregiver, traumatic events such as abuse and neglect prior to adoption or fostering, subsequent unfavourable environment in a foster or adoptive home. In Kinship care: Supporting children in placements with extended family and friends, Bob Broad, Professor of Children and Research, School of Health and Applied Social Sciences of De Montfort University, Leicester, presents results from ongoing research on the care of children by relatives conducted in the London Borough of Wandsworth. Formal kinship care has been growing in this borough because of a shortage of foster carers. This research suggests that this type of care gives rise to complex issues involving ethnic and cultural background, child protection, legal status, financial aspects and the necessity of social work support. Professor Broad's book Kinship Care: The Placement Choice for Children and Young People is available from Russell House Publishing. Specialist fostering in Spain is a summary of the newly introduced specialist service in foster care in Spain seen as a long-term 'temporary' solution to the need to find families for children with special needs who otherwise would remain institutionalised

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