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 […]

Reunification in foster care: what think professionals and students?

João Carvalho, Researcher, University Institute of Maia, Portugal  Paulo Delgado, Researcher, Escola Superior de Educação do Porto, Portugal  Vânia Pinto, PhD student, University of Oxford, United Kingdom     This study aims to analyse risk judgments and reunification decisions made by a sample of 200 professionals of the Portuguese child care system and 200 higher education students of social work and similar areas, in face of a case vignette […]