The overwhelming majority of children and young people in care today are fostered, but for some this only increases their problems through untreated trauma, ill-judged placements, poorly supported foster carers and multiple moves.
This practical and evidence-based book outlines the principles of family placement on the basis of planning and evidence, and explores the qualities, skills and insights that create positive placement outcomes. Fostering a Child's Recovery shows how the key to good fostering is well-trained and skilled foster carers who form part of a team of professionals who surround the child.
This book will benefit all professionals and parents involved in providing recovery for traumatized children and young people in ensuring successful placements.
Foreword. Acknowledgements. A Note on Terminology. Introduction. Chapter 1: The Context of Family Placement. Chapter 2: Children and Their Histories. Chapter 3: The Carers. Chapter 4: Fostering, Loss and Opportunity. Chapter 5: Practising to Make Perfect: Introduction and the Practice Family. Chapter 6: How Placements Can Succeed. Chapter 7: Toward Independence. Endnotes. References. The Story of SACCS. The Authors. Subject Index. Author Index.
About the Authors:
Mike Thomas MSW, CQSW is Director of SACCS Family Placement. He has been involved in childcare for 25 years and in foster care since 1984, first as a worker and since 1987 also as a foster carer. He has worked in both the public and independent fostering sectors.
Terry Philpot is a journalist and writer, and has written and edited several books on subjects including adoption, sex offending and work with children traumatised through abuse. He also works as a volunteer to befriend long-term prisoners.