Part of the Supporting Parents series
Paperback: £25.00 / $39.95
2004, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 256pp
ISBN: 978-1-84310-227-4, BIC 2: JKSB1 JHBK
Adolescents are the hardest group to foster and have high rates of placement breakdown. Elaine Farmer and her colleagues examine what helps to make their placements work. Key issues for this age group are explored, including peer relationships, sexual health and relationships, the impact of the adolescent on the foster family and balancing their need for safety and autonomy.
Based on government-commissioned research and part of the Supporting Parents initiative, this book addresses each stage of the care process, from placement selection to leaving foster care. The authors consider which kinds of professional support at which stages make a difference, the foster carer parenting skills that are crucial and how foster carers can draw on professional support to manage adolescents' behaviour, maintain their educational attainments and negotiate ongoing contact with their birth parents. They draw out recommendations for policy and practice in the areas of:
how strain on carers can be reduced
the role foster carers' own children play in placement success or breakdown
single foster carers
how to contain the young people who are hardest to foster
key training requirements for foster carers
how foster carers and social workers respond to gender differences in teenagers.
A rich source of recommendations for social workers, policy makers and carers, this book will be invaluable to anyone involved in the fields of child welfare and child protection.
Elaine Farmer and Sue Moyers
Danielle Turney, Dendy Platt, Julie Selwyn and Elaine Farmer
Elaine Farmer and Eleanor Lutman
Working with Anger and Young People
Foster Placements: Why They Succeed and Why They Fail
Ian Sinclair, Kate Wilson and Ian Gibbs
Supporting Parents: Messages from Research