This book is based on the life accounts of 244 children of minority ethnic origin who were in need of permanent family placement, and who were placed with predominantly white foster carers and adopters. The book provides a most interesting overview of the decision-making and planning processes that shape the placement in care of children of minority ethnic origin in the UK. Its most important contribution is to provide informaion on placement outcome, which will undoubtably assist policy-makers, practitioners, foster carers, adopters and researchers in their efforts to develop enhanced programmes and services for children and their families when they are in need of alternative care.
International Social Work
Considering both `matched' and trans-racial child placements, this balanced and thoroughly researched book moves beyond the often simplistic and limiting racial distinctions such as `black' and `white' that inform much policy and practice around permanent placement.
Using evidence from a long-term study of children placed with new families in the 1980s, and reviewing the available literature on ethnicity and child placement, the book looks at different types of placements and discusses whether they are more or less likely to break down, and their impact on aspects of well-being including ethnic identity.
It includes first-hand accounts from young people and their adoptive or foster parents, and considers factors such as:
choosing between foster placement and adoption
the nature of ethnic and adoptive identities
social work practice with black and white adoptive and foster families
issues of contact with birth family members.
The authors emphasise that social workers, social services managers and policy makers need to consider adoption and family life within a wider social context, and outline positive new directions for both research and practice.
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 346 g
Dimensions: 231 x 167 x 13 mm
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