Issues in Foster Care: Policy, Practice and Research

Issues in Foster Care: Policy, Practice and Research

By: Greg Kelly (author), Robbie Gilligan (author), Robbie Gilligan (editor), Greg Kelly (editor), Ken P. Kerr (contributor), Stephen Nixon (contributor), John Pinkerton (contributor), Stan Houston (contributor)Paperback

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Issues in Foster Care: Policy, Practice and Research assesses the current state of foster care, the pressures which have shaped it and the challenges it faces. Arguing the importance of fostering within a coherent child care policy, the contributors examine the latest research into the delivery and support of foster care, and explore how these can be improved. Topics covered include: measuring outcomes in foster care and what can be learned from them the reasons for the growth of foster care at the expense of residential care supporting young people making the transition from care to adulthood how children can be helped to develop their natural resilience the use of solution focused brief therapy to solve foster placement breakdown managing the behaviour of children in foster care dealing with abuse and accusations of abuse kinship or relative care as an alternative form of foster care. As an analysis of what is currently happening within foster care, and of how it may develop in the future, Issues in Foster Care will be extremely valuable for all those involved in foster care, child care and policy-making.

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Greg Kelly is a senior lecturer at Queen's University Belfast, and Robbie Gilligan, a senior lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and a former foster parent. Both authors have written extensively about child care and foster care. They have been involved in the qualifying and post-qualifying stages of social work education for some years, with an emphasis on child care.


Introduction, Greg Kelly and Robbie Gilligan. 1. The survival of long-term foster care, Greg Kelly. 2. The importance of listening to the child in foster care, Robbie Gilligan. 3. Outcome studies of foster care, Greg Kelly. 4. Leaving care and fostering, John Pinkerton, The Queen's University of Belfast. 5. Promoting resilience in children in foster care, Robbie Gilligan. 6. Pathways to change: The application of solution-focused brief therapy to foster care, Stan Houston, The Queen's University of Belfast. 7. Managing children's behaviour in foster care, Ken Kerr, Learning and Behavioural Consultancy, Portstewart. 8. Safe care, abuse and allegations of abuse in foster care, Stephen Nixon, University of Birmingham. 9. Relative care: A different type of foster care - implications for practice, Valerie O'Brien, University College, Dublin. Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/12/1999
  • ISBN13: 9781853024658
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781853024658
  • weight: 335
  • ISBN10: 1853024651

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