Part-time foster care: integration of educational and affective relationships

Franca Amione, Researcher, Comune di Trieste – Area Servizi e Politiche Sociali – Gruppo affidi, Italia Franco Bruni, ASUITS- Consultorio Familiare, Italia Elena De Cocce, Paola Tagliapietra, Comune di Trieste – Area Politiche e Servizi Sociali – Gruppo affidi, Italia Part-time foster care rappresents a support to fragile family. The purpose is prevent the child […]

Contact visits between foster children and their birth family in Andalusia (Spain)

Bernedo Isabel M., Researcher, Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Malaga University, Spain  Maria D. Salas, , Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Malaga University, Spain. Maria J. Fuentes, Researcher, Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, Malaga University, Spain. Miguel Ángel García-Martín, Researcher, Department of Social Psychology, Social anthropology, Social Work and Social Services, Spain Contact visit between a […]

The role of contact in Dutch foster care

Goemans Anouk, Researcher, Department of Clinical Child and Adolescent Studies, Leiden University The Netherlands  Mitch van Geel, Paul Vedder, Researcher, Department of Clinical Child and Adolescent Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands. Foster children often have contact with their birth family during their placement in the foster family. Continuing ties and maintaining the original attachment relationship is important for successful reunification, […]

Family relations, contact and well being in Portuguese Foster Care

Delgado Paulo, Researcher, Escola Superior de Educação do Instituto Politécnico do Porto (ESEP), Portugal João M. S. Carvalho, Researcher, CICS.NOVA.UMinho, InED-Escola Superior de Educação do Porto, UNICES-Instituto Universitário da Maia, Portugal. Vânia S. Pinto. InED, Researcher, Escola Superior de Educação do Porto / REES Centre, Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK. This study investigates the complexities and […]

Institutional and family ties of the child placed in foster care

François-Xavier Mayaux, Phd Student, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, France Daniel Derivois, Researcher, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, France Christelle Viode, Researcher, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, France Objectives.  –  Starting from an approach cross attachment theory and psychodynamic theory [1], this study analyses the quality of the relationship among professionals (family assistants and educators) and the child […]

Long-term foster care in France : evolution of children attachment and context effects

Séverine Euillet, Researcher, Université Paris Nanterre, France  Within a developmental approach, this longitudinal research draws from attachment theory and contemporary work to analyse the evolution of the quality of attachment in children placed in foster homes. Initially, 36 French children aged an average of 52 months were presented with the Attachment Story Completion Task (Bretherton, Ridgeway and Cassidy, 1990). Six […]

Hello womb mummy! Coherence and fragmentation in mental representations of self, relationship and belonging in looked after preschool children, according to continuity, commitment and disruption in care arrangements in infancy

Maria Mögel, Researcher, Marie Meierhofer Institut für das Kind, Zürich, Switzerland  Earlier identification of high-risk situations in early baby-parent relationships leads to more frequent placements for very young children. But out-of-home placements in early childhood represent a deep interference in children’s personality development. That is why there are considerable uncertainties regarding the criteria for out-of-home placements that are in […]

Continuity through openness towards child’s birth family in a foster-to-adopt setting: how foster-to-adopt parents’ and social workers’ perceptions collide

Geneviève Pagé, Researcher, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Canada  Béatrice Decaluwe, Canada  Doris Châteauneuf, Researcher CIUSSS-Capitale Nationale, Canada  In Quebec, around 300 children are domestically adopted each year, most of the time through a foster-to-adopt program called “Banque-mixte”. These children, considered to be at high-risk of abandonment, are placed with foster-to-adopt parents who are willing to adopt them if they are legally freed for […]

Support in reunification: a way to give continuity during foster care

Nuria Fuentes-Peláez, Researcher, University of Barcelona, Spain  Crescencia Pastor, Researcher, University of Barcelona, Spain  MªAngels Balsells, Researcher, University of Lleida, Spain   Support in reunification: a way to give continuity during foster care « It has been observed that the relationship between the Biological Family and the Foster Family has a direct influence on the wellbeing of the foster child (Baker, McHale, Strozier, & Cecil, 2010; Cantos et al., 1997; […]

Matching in foster care: Review of the evidence and primary research with children, carers, and social workers in England

Ellie Ott, Researcher, University of Oxford, Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, UK/USA  This presentation will focus on matching as the connecting of children in care and foster families. The definition used here includes the decision-making process to pair together children and foster families as well as the process of placing children into that household. Matching thus […]