Fostered and adopted children can present major challenges resulting from unresolved attachment issues and early traumatic experiences. In this much-needed book, the contributors provide a variety of complementary perspectives on the needs of these children and their families, focusing on ways of integrating attachment theory and developmental psychology into effective practice.
Examining multiple aspects of work with children who are unable to live with their birth families, the book includes contributions on the assessment, preparation and support needs of children and families, attachment and the neurobiological effects of trauma, effective management of contact with birth families and developmental challenges in school settings. The use of creative arts therapies, alongside developmental reparenting strategies as part of a long-term attachment therapy `package', are explored in some detail.
A fictionalised family, used as a working example throughout Part 2, brings
practical interventions to life: illustrating the Family Futures' inclusive approach, where adoptive and foster parents become pivotal members of the therapeutic team. In addition, contributions from real-life user families illustrate some of the challenges they face and demonstrate how the developmental attachment-based approach has worked for them.
Bringing together a rich and innovative selection of ideas for adoption and fostering practice across the disciplines, this book will be a valuable resource for all involved in supporting substitute families.
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 463 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
Family Futures provides a caring, innovative team, offering here an exhaustive study, one that deserves an honoured place in every reference library. Readers are advised to pace themselves in order to appreciate the best in this rich tapestry of family pain and implications for potential healing. -- Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
The chapters on theory are valuable: concise descriptions of current adoption and permanence practice, attachment, assessing the resources of families, and needs of the children in their care. The section on "theory into practice" is fascinating. I would commend this book as a core text for training social work staff, educationalists, community child health staff, psychologists, psychiatrists and others who are confronted with the puzzling and wearing behaviour of children whose understanding and experience of the world is profoundly - biologically - different. I highly recommend it for any professional working with, or consulted about, children who are in the care system. Buy it and dip into the chapters as you need them. -- Rostrum
This collection of narratives and fictional vignettes provides a lucid, informative and comprehensive account of the attachment of children traumatised by early neglect, separation, abuse and loss with their adoptive families. -- Child Care in Practice
This reader is aimed at staff who support fostered and adopted children and their new families. The first section examines in some detail current theory and practice, and covers issues such as permanency, trauma and implications for healing, clinical concepts and care-giving contexts, and there is a chapter which provides a parent's perspective. Section two focuses on the practical application of theories and research, covering matters such as assessment, support needs of children and families, and developmental challenges in school... This is a rich and comprehensive resource. -- Care and Health
Makes very interesting reading to anyone concerned about therapeutic work with troubled children, or, more particularly, interested in, or seeking, post-placement/adoption work with or for families... The approach is a multidisciplinary one, with the adoptive parents involved as an intrinsic and arguably most essential part of the team... [The book presents] innovative, imaginative and empathetic ways of working with children and their carers. The use of play therapy, drama therapy and contact as therapy, are some of the techniques described which contribute to the comprehensive and integrated programmes and insights that such children need in order to develop a coherent and acceptable lifestory for themselves. -- Seen & Heard
Exploring the complex issues of trauma, attachment and family placement, the contributors to this book provide a variety of complementary perspectives on practice in this area. Focussing on how to integrate attachment theory and developmental psychology in practice with adopted or fostered children, they emphasise the need for understanding of early trauma and its effect on child development. -- Caring Magazine
This is an unusual and compelling book... This is a book for everyone who works with troubled children and their carers in permanent placements. The major section is presented in a theatrical framework, which highlights the dilemma of children who cannot quite live in their own skins because their past has taught them to play more complex parts. -- Adoption & Fostering
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