140 pages, 7 x 9
What Works in Adoption and Foster Care?
By June Thoburn
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Recently there has been a renewed interest in family placement, its effectiveness and its value for money. What Works in Adoption and Foster Care? reviews changes in policy and practice and will assist managers and practitioners in family and childcare social work to make decisions based on sound evidence about where to place children and what sort of practice is likely to bring about the desired outcomes for children, birth relatives, foster carers and the adoptive family. The authors explore the factors that research indicates are likely to be associated with positive outcomes, how practice can be evaluated and what outcome measures can be used, and also look at the shortcoming of this research.
Clive Sellick is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of East Anglia. He previously worked as a social worker and manager in various child and family social work settings. He has researched and written widely in the field of foster care. June Thoburn is Professor of Social Work at the University of East Anglia. She has worked as a senior social worker in England and Canada and has been teaching and researching child welfare since 1980. She was awarded the CBE in 2002 for services to social work.Terry Philpot is a journalist and writer on social policy and was formerly editor of Community Care. He has written and edited several books, and writes regularly for The Times Higher Education Supplement, The Tablet and other publications. He has won several awards for his journalism.
List of Case Studies. About the Authors. Foreword. Acknowledgements. Introdcution. 1. A Spectrum of Support: Child Placement Research, Theory and Practice.2. What Works in Short-Term and Intermediate Foster Care? 3. What Works in Long-Term or Permanent Family Placement? 4. Social and Policy Developments and a New Research Agenda. References. Index.
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