By Anthony Douglas, Terry Philpot
Adoption: altering households, altering instances attracts jointly contributions from all people with an curiosity in adoption: followed humans; delivery mom and dad and adoptive mom and dad; practitioners and bosses within the statutory and voluntary sectors; teachers and coverage makers. Chapters on study and coverage are interspersed with these from individuals with first-hand adventure of being followed, turning into an adoptive mum or dad or giving a toddler up for adoption. jointly, they supply distinctive insights right into a topic that even if usually within the media is usually surrounded by way of prejudice and false impression. issues coated include:* kids and teenagers in care* attempting to undertake* awaiting adoption* lifestyles after adoption* the politics of adoption.This obtainable textual content bargains a accomplished view of adoption coverage, perform and companies and analyses why adoption has turn into so debatable. It offers expert and common reader alike with a completely rounded photograph of adoption and exposes a few of the myths surrounding it.
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I knew I cared about them and that whatever maternal instincts I had were being exploited to the full; I knew they were all three sparky, special children, immensely likeable and fun as well as hard work. But I didn’t know if I loved them. Until I had that dream, the night before we left for Marrakesh and I woke up, weeping and panic-stricken but utterly certain that I loved them. I look back on photos of that trip with awe and sadness. Blond and brown, in striped shorts bought by their foster parents, they look back at the camera with absolute trust in their eyes.
The worker who has prepared the family supports the family and child after placement and after adoption. There is an emphasis on empowering the family and supporting their approach to parenting a child. 32 T RO U B L E D C H I L D R E N 1111 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 1011 1 2 13111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 2 3 44111 The consequences have been extraordinary. Thousands of children who would have drifted in care in the UK were found families. Learning from the Parents for Children and Barnardos example, local authorities were inspired to ﬁnd families for Down’s babies and other young children with disabilities, as well as to explore family placement for the older children in their care.
One of the editors will never forget working with a 17-year-old in care, who only came into care aged 15, who desperately wanted to be adopted by his foster carers before his eighteenth birthday. ’ Attachment is an equal issue for adopters. To bond with a child who isn’t your own is a complicated developmental process, however much adopters have yearned for a child. Sometimes, adopters realise they have made a mistake and pull out in time. At other times, it is one parent who is the driving force, and the other never properly bonds, as indeed can happen with birth parents.