Creating Compassionate Foster Care : Lessons of Hope from Children and Families in Crisis.
Mann, Janet C.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
400 Market St. Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19106
This book shares insights gained from the children and families who were served through The Children’s Ark, a program informed by attachment theory and the Circle of Security intervention that offered parents involved in the child welfare system the opportunity to reside, under supervision, with their children. This innovative approach to foster care focused on children’s best interests but also addressed the needs of their parents while working to educate the professionals who were responsible for custodial decisions. Following an introduction, Part 1 focuses on the case accounts of some of the children and families served. Cases address disorganized attachment and foster care, the Circle of Security intervention, transitions that support children, the adoption of foster children, children with special needs in foster care, and the intergenerational transmission of caregiving. Part 2 offers reflections on what was learned about what children and families in crisis really need, how professionals can identify positive change, and how approaches to foster care can be redesigned to respond with more compassion and achieve better outcomes. Numerous references.
foster children; family preservation; parent education; parent child relationships; attachment disorder; special needs; children with disabilities; worker client relationships; promising practices; guidelines; child welfare reform; child welfare services