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Title Permanency Planning in the Child Welfare System
Author HERST Beth (Ed.)
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Date published/issue 00-00-2002
Date received 00-00-0000
Place published CANADA
Publisher Sparrow Lake Alliance
Distributor The Canadian Resource Centre on Children and Youth, 75 Albert Street - Suite 209, Ottawa, ON K1P 5E7
Page 187
ISBN 0 9698650 2 3
Type of material Book
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Document description Evaluation
Country concerned CANADA
Index Foster-care
Free text In 1996 the "Limbo Task Force" of the Sparrow Lake Alliance published Children in Limbo which concerned children who have been drifting through the care system from one placement to another and suggested ways in which this could be prevented and dealt with. This paper concerns withspecific ways of preventing children from ever entering that cycle with recommendations for achievement of permanency for those in need of out of home care. In part I James R. Wilkes and Gail Aitken give an Overview of the situation in Factors Affecting Planning and Extending Options in Permanency Planning. Section II - Removing the Child from Home includes articles on When Should Children Be Taken Into Care by Paul D. Steinhauer which weighs the risks involved in removing children from their families against the risks of abuse and neglect and emphasizes the work of family preservation workers; Use of Risk Assessment Tools by Harriet MacMillan, Paul D. Steinhauer and Deborah Chappel which discusses the usefulness and reliability of risk assessment instruments which should be used by trained professionals benefitting from appropriate guidance and support, as well as being fully aware of the legal framework within which child protection agencies operate; and Truth or Consequences by James Wilkes and Cheryl Milne where the authors insist it is in the child's best interest to keep him/her informed and asking his/her opinion about all important decisions being taken about him. Part III deals with The Use of Access. In The Role of Access in Permanency Planning, Margaret Osmond, Nitza Perlman, Nancy Dale and Sally Palmer define 'access' and the different shapes it can take in permanency planning and how it can be used in therapeutic interventions in family relationships. It covers the difficulties found in access when sibblings are involved. Section IV on Adoption concerns contacts with the family of origin after adoption and includes: Adoption with Access by Paul D. Steinhauer; Using Mediation as an Effective Technique to Achieve Success in Open Adoptions by Marvin M. Bernstein where the author spells out benefits of open adoption for all actors in the adoption process, particularly in "Mediated Open Adoption", as well as the risks of open adoption for adoptees. In Access and the Changing Face of Adoption Nancy Dale recommends caution in the handling of situations of contact with families of origin and the exchange of information to insure the protection of the children. Section V on Placement Out of the Family Home descrption of Foster Care by James R. Wilkes and Sally Palmer; in Staff-Operated Settings by Margaret Osmond, Sally Palmer and James R. Wilkes, the authors point to the fact that for some children staff-operated settings could prevent situations of repeated moves because of failed placements due to difficult or dangerous behaviour or severe attachment difficulties or even as a means of protection against violent biological parents; The Recognition, Prevention, and Management of Attachment Disorders Within the Child Welfare System, by Paul D. Steinhauer, Margaret Osmond, Sally Palmer, Harriet MacMillan, Nitza Perlman gives information about what is known of attachment disorders, diagnosis, prevention and treatment, and the management of attachment-resistant children within the child welfare system; description of Two model programs that have been successful in managing attachment-resistant children: the Tri-County Treatment Foster Care Program which recruits specially selected foster carers, trains and supports them to place with them children with special attachment problems and the Staffed Group Home Model for more seriously affected children who would not do well in a foster or adoptive home situation.

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Degree of interest Valuable
Work area Psychology
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