Understanding Looked After Children

Understanding Looked After Children
Author: Jeune Guishard-Pine,Suzanne McCall,Lloyd Hamilton
Publsiher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2007
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781843103707

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Understanding Looked After Children is an accessible guide to understanding the mental health needs of children in foster care and the role of foster carers and support networks in helping these children. The authors provide foster carers with an insight into the psychological issues experienced by children in the care system, and the impact of these issues on the foster family. Chapters cover cultural, social and legal structures associated with foster care and both the relevant child psychology theory and examples drawn from real-life situations. The authors give advice on how to address common psychological issues in collaboration with multi-agency professionals, as well as how to access to statutory services. They also explain the possible impact of assessments on foster children and the causes and management of foster carers' own feelings of frustration, anger or disappointment with social and mental health services or the placement itself. Chapters are complemented by case studies, and the book includes a helpful glossary to common terminology. Understanding Looked After Children is essential reading for registered foster carers and those considering fostering, as well as adoptive parents, and a useful reference for trainee and experienced practitioners in the care system, including social workers, psychologists, counsellors, teachers and others looking after vulnerable children.

Understanding Children in Foster Care

Understanding Children in Foster Care
Author: Wendy Kelly
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2017-10-25
Genre: Psychology
ISBN: 9783319653761

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This book introduces the Relational Learning Framework (RLF), an assessment tool which helps foster care practitioners, social workers and foster carers to examine what foster children have learned in their early life about relationships and particularly through maltreatment. Grounded in attachment theory and drawing on cognitive theory this book will help practitioners to understand and respond to the challenging behaviour presented by these children and remove barriers to an empathic response. Early chapters provide context in a theoretical discourse on the causes and consequences of psychological and attachment difficulties for children in care, including a discussion of maltreatment and foster care. The theoretical basis of the technique will be outlined and subsequent chapters will explain how to undertake RLF including the wide-ranging practice evidence, a worked example, common themes and trouble shooting. This will be an invaluable source for clinical practitioners, social workers, foster care practitioners and foster parents who want to make sense of the complex information about children in foster care to improve their relationships. It will also provide insight into foster children’s mental health and behaviour for academics and postgraduate students in related disciplines.

Kids Need to Be Safe

Kids Need to Be Safe
Author: Julie Nelson
Publsiher: Free Spirit Publishing
Total Pages: 18
Release: 2005-12-15
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781575427416

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“Kids are important… They need safe places to live, and safe places to play.” For some kids, this means living with foster parents. In simple words and full-color illustrations, this book explains why some kids move to foster homes, what foster parents do, and ways kids might feel during foster care. Children often believe that they are in foster care because they are “bad.” This book makes it clear that the troubles in their lives are not their fault; the message throughout is one of hope and support. Includes resources and information for parents, foster parents, social workers, counselors, and teachers.

Understanding and Working with Parents of Children in Long term Foster Care

Understanding and Working with Parents of Children in Long term Foster Care
Author: Gillian Schofield,Emma Ward
Publsiher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Total Pages: 226
Release: 2011
Genre: Family & Relationships
ISBN: 9781849050265

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Looks at the foster care experience of parents through interviews and accounts of famly life before their children were taken into care, the experiences of the court system, and the challenges of maintaining a relationship with their children.

Maybe Days

Maybe Days
Author: Jennifer Wilgocki,Marcia Kahn Wright
Publsiher: American Psychological Association (APA)
Total Pages: 27
Release: 2002
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 1557988021

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Introduces the people and procedures involved in foster care, and the feelings, reactions, and concerns of new foster children. Includes an afterword for caregivers.

Understanding Looked After Children

Understanding Looked After Children
Author: Suzanne McCall,Lloyd Hamilton
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2007
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: OCLC:748523031

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Understanding Looked After Children is an accessible guide to understanding the mental health needs of children in foster care and the role of foster carers and support networks in helping these children. The authors provide foster carers with an insight into the psychological issues experienced by children in the care system, and the impact of these issues on the foster family. Chapters cover cultural, social and legal structures associated with foster care and both the relevant child psychology theory and examples drawn from real-life situations. The authors give advice on how to address common psychological issues in collaboration with multi-agency professionals, as well as how to access to statutory services. They also explain the possible impact of assessments on foster children and the causes and management of foster carers' own feelings of frustration, anger or disappointment with social and mental health services or the placement itself. Chapters are complemented by case studies, and the book includes a helpful glossary to common terminology. Understanding Looked After Children is essential reading for registered foster carers and those considering fostering, as well as adoptive parents, and a useful reference for trainee and experienced practitioners in the care system, including social workers, psychologists, counsellors, teachers and others looking after vulnerable children.

Pup and Bear

Pup and Bear
Author: Kate Banks
Publsiher: Schwartz & Wade
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2017-10-03
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9780399554117

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This deeply emotional read-aloud about a lost wolf pup who is raised by a loving polar bear is sure to resonate with families – particularly non-traditional ones. You are not my mother, said the wolf pup. I am not your mother, said the polar bear, but I can cuddle you and keep you safe. Here is a picture book that celebrates differences and promotes kindness , sure to resonate with the many fans of the beloved classic, Mama Do You Love Me? During the ice melt that follows an Arctic winter, a wolf cub finds himself spinning out to sea on a sheet of ice. He awakes lost and alone to an unfamiliar smell: a polar bear. And while the polar bear is not the wolf's mother, she takes him on her back to her den, where she feeds him, keeps him warm, and does everything a mother would do. Time passes, the cub grows into a wolf, and soon it's time for him to venture out into the wide world alone. Years later, the now grown wolf comes upon a tiny lost polar bear cub--and the cycle begins again. With poetic prose this beautiful picture book about the love and kindness of a stranger is sure to touch a deep chord, particularly with parents and children who have found each other in unexpected ways.

Foster the Family

Foster the Family
Author: Jamie C. Finn
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2022-02-15
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781493434428

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There are great rewards that come along with being a foster parent, yet there are also great challenges that can leave you feeling depleted, alone, and discouraged. The many burdens of a foster parent's day--hurting children, struggling biological parents, and a broken system--are only compounded by the many burdens of a foster parent's heart--confusion, anxiety, heartache, anger, and fear. With the compassion and insight of a fellow foster parent, Jamie C. Finn helps you see your struggles through the lens of the gospel, bringing biblical truths to bear on your unique everyday realities. In these short, easy-to-read chapters, you'll find honest, personal stories and practical lessons that provide encouragement and direction from God's Word as you walk the journey of foster parenting.