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Kinship Care

Fostering Effective Family and Friends Placements

Elaine Farmer and Sue Moyers

Part of the Quality Matters in Childrens Services series

Quick Overview

This book compares formal kinship care to traditional foster placements. The authors explore whether children placed with family and friends fare better or worse than other foster children, what services are provided and needed, and how kin care is experienced by carers, children and social workers.
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Paperback / softback
2008, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 256pp
ISBN: 978-1-84310-631-9
£25.00
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Available as an ebook from these retailers. eISBN: 978-1-84642-803-6

Description

Children are frequently cared for by relatives and friends when parents, for whatever reason, are unable to care for their children themselves. Yet there has been very little information about how well children do when placed with kin or how safe they are in these placements.

This book compares formal kinship care to traditional foster placements in order to ascertain which children are placed with kin, in what circumstances, how well such children progress, and how often these placements disrupt. The authors explore whether children placed with family and friends fare better or worse than other foster children, what services are provided and needed, and how kin care is experienced by carers, children and social workers.

This book will be essential reading for social workers, policy makers, students and all those working with looked-after children, and will enable local authorities to make informed decisions about where best to place children and the support needed by family and friend carers.

Reviews

'This book should be required reading for all those who are working with children in care and who are involved in the processes of assessing and determining the most appropriate placements for children, including local authority and independant social workers, guardians and psychologists. It has valuable messages for policy makers and academics.'
- Seen and Heard

'This book highlights the need for a national policy and practice framework, building on good practice around the country when it comes to assessing and supporting kinship carers. It is a valuable source of statistical evidence, case studies and personal perspectives. I would recommend it for social workers, policy makers and everyone working with or for children in care.'
- Foster Care Magazine

Authors

By (author): Elaine Farmer, Sue Moyers