First published in 1999, this work draws together a multi-national collection of papers, and aims to stimulate the development of policy and practice in this often neglected area. It aims to offer examples of good social work practice, informed by relevant theoretical insights; to give a voice to kinship foster carers and young people so that practice can be informed by an understanding of their experience; to share the results of current research; to highlight issues for policy makers; and to place the issues in the wider international context of developing social policy, ideology and social change. There are contributions from the UK, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, the US and New Zealand.
Table of Contents
1. Kinship, Fostering, Obligations and the State, Roger Greeff. 2. The Continuing Role of Kinship Care in a Changing Society, Zofia Waleria Stelmaszuk. 3. Kinship Fostering: Research, Policy and Practice in England, Roger Greeff, Suzette Waterhouse, Edwina Brocklesby. 4. Assessing Family Strengths : A Family Systems Approach, Riet Portengen , Bart van der Neut. 5. Kinship Fostering and Child Protection, Janet Foulds. 6. Placement Choices for Children: Giving More Priority to Kinship Placements? Suzette Waterhouse, Edwina Brocklesby. 7. Working with Family Complexity: Supporting the Network, Hermien Marchand, Wilfried Meulenbergs. 8. Evolving Networks in Relative Care: Alliance and Exclusion, Valerie O’Brien. 9. Training Needs of Friends and Families Who Are Foster Carers, Julia Waldman, Ann Wheal. 10. Kinship Foster Care in New York State: An African-American Perspective, Joan M. Williams. 11. Fostering in a Minority Community: Travellers in Ireland. 12. Kinship Care in New Zealand: Cultural Sensitivity or Economic Expediency? Jill Worrall.
’I recommend all those who are struggling with providing stability for looked-after children, or who are just interested in the subject, to take the time to learn from the reflections and practical experiences that make this book an excellent read.’ Community Care ’...fills a much needed gap...an easy read, written clearly and directly...this book should do much to move kinship care higher on the policy and practice agenda.’ European Journal of Social Work ’...a valuable contribution to the literature on the placement of children.’ British Journal of Social Work ’...should be recommended to childcare practitioners, managers, educators and social work students who are genuinely committed to improving the foster care experiences of looked after children.’ Social Work Education