This text was written in reponse to the heavy increase in admissions of adolescents to care in both Britain and America. It provides an introduction for social work students and practitioners to the placement of children over 12 and to the various forms of foster care which have been developed on both sides of the Atlantic for this group. It draws equally on British and American experience, presenting a theoretical base combined with coverage of successful practice. It deals with such isues as: the conceptual "map" on which social work practice should be based; the use of agreements in foster family placements; preparation for independent living; assessment and training of foster families; the experience of young people in foster care; and strategies for helping them make a success of their placements, with an emphasis on practice examples. The text should be useful to all those who work with adolescents, especially in such areas as employment, housing and juvenile crime, including probation officers and magistrates.
Adolescents in foster families - an overview, Jane Aldgate et al; concepts of parenting and adolescence - implications for fostering adolescents, Tony Hipgrave; direct work with adolescents - an integrating conceptual map, Masud Hoghughi; the contribution of young people and their families towards improving foster family care, Jane Aldgate et al; preparation of adolescents for life after foster care, Miriam Kluger et al; intervention with adolescents in foster family care and their families, Inger P.Davis; the use of agreements in foster family placements, Anthony Maluccio and Mike Simm; programs for interdependent living, Richard P.Barth; thinking about assessment of foster parents, Martin Shaw; the training of foster parents for work with adolescents, Barbara A.Pine and Marc Jacobs.