Vulnerabilities factors during placement: comparative studies between differents modalities of placement (foster care vs institutional care; placement with siblings vs separate placement)

Camille Danner Touati, Phd Student, Université Paris 8, France Anne-Sophie Deborde, Researcher, Université Paris 8, France As they have experienced abuse, children placed in foster care or in institutional care are removed from their family environment and they are given the possibility to create a new relationship with an alternative caregiver: a foster mother or […]

Foster families and adoptions

Philippe Fabry, PhD student, Université Paris Nanterre, France  Vera Fahlberg, in training guides for British social workers, stressed the importance of explaining to children in foster care the roles of the three types of parents who may be present in their lives: biological, legal and educational parents. In France such work is problematic, as the parental role of the foster […]

Towards a more comprehensive concept of support: belonging and recognition

Claire Cameron, Researcher, UCL Institute of Education, UK  Hanan Hauari, Researcher, UCL Institute of Education, UK The English policy commitment to permanency for children in care is preferably achieved via adoption or return home. Foster care exists as a temporary, emergency, short stay, specialist or long term prelude to permanency or alternative placement. The average length of foster placement is 152 days and […]

Permanent placement in foster care: how to provide support in ambiguous frameworks

Marco Chistolini, Researcher, Psychotherapist and trainer, Italy  Giorgia Salvadori, Researcher, Fondazione Paideia onlus, Italy  In the Italian legislative system foster care is regulated as a temporary intervention: the expected maximum length is 24 months, that can be extended when necessary. Practice is different: 60% of foster care placements are longer than 2 years and children could stay in a foster family until they […]