Dealing with Disruption in Fostering and Adoption Placements.
Good practice guide (British Association for Adoption & Fostering)
Argent, Hedi. Coleman, Jeffrey.
British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF)
Safron House 6-10 Kirby STreet
London EC1N 8TS, Tel: 020 7520 0300
This practice guide is concerned with British children who move into permanent foster and adoptive placements and then have to move again contrary to expectations. It begins by defining disruption and reviewing risk factors for disruption and reasons for disruptions, including behavioral problems, preferential rejection experiences, sexual abuse history, exposure to prenatal drug and alcohol misuse, and carers' expectations and experience. The following chapter provides an overview of the legal framework surrounding adoption disruption in England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Chapter 4 reviews common causes of disruption and common concerns about family placement that need to be given due consideration. Chapter 5 focuses on siblings groups and sibling placement dilemmas when a disruption occurs. Considerations for making sibling placement decisions and minimizing disruption risk in sibling placements are discussed. Children with disabilities are addressed in Chapter 6, and Chapter 7 discusses the differences between a plea for closure and families' cries for help. The purpose of intervention meetings are explained, as well as key considerations when preparing for disruption. Disruption meetings are covered in Chapters 8 and 9, including key components of the meetings and strategies for involving the child, managing disruption meetings, and chairing disruption meetings. Chapter 10 reviews alternative models for conducting disruption meetings, and Chapter 11 explores continuity after disruption. Final chapter discuss the impact of disruption on the child, carers, birth families, and social workers, issues for managers, the chair's reports and minutes on the disruption meeting, and learning from disruption. Chapters include case examples to illustrate key points. 69 references.
United Kingdom; Adoption disruption; Foster children; Risk factors; Court litigation; Child placement; Siblings; Children with disabilities