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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 Agencies for Adoption and Fostering, Skyline House, 200 Union Street, London SE1 0LX
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Free text In this issue of Adoption and Fostering there are several articles on the subject of foster care. In Foster carers' perspective on permanence: A focus group study, Mary Beek and Gillian Shofield discuss the issue of long-term foster care as a viable option for children in need of a permanent substitute home. The study focuses on the commitment that foster carers in the UK feel toward the children they care for, no matter what category of children has been placed with them. The study brings to light foster carer's concerns about their legal position which prevents them from taking parenting decisions involving the welfare and best interests of the children in their care. The relationship established with childcare social workers, as well as birth family contact has also been found as playing an important role in the effectiveness and permanence of the placement. Issues of motivation of foster carers are discussed in the report of the study Is it worthwhile? Motivational factors and perceived difficulties of foster caring in South Australia, by P. Delfabro, J. Taplin and Y. Bentham. In Kinship and stranger foster carers: How do they compare?, Jennifer Sykes, Ian Sinclair, Ian Smith and Kate Wilson discuss the difference and appropriateness of using family members or strangers as foster carers. Issues of training, financial reward, difficulties with birth parents and support from social services are evaluated and compared with data from the US. These seem to imply that kinship carers, in general, find more difficulties than non-relative carers, suggesting that agencies should pay closer attention to these placements and offer more support.

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