Preliminary Program


Wednesday, 27th of September 2017 – International Foster Care Research Network Conference


13:00 Welcome
13 :30 Opening of the Conference : Klaus Wolf, Universität Siegen, Germany
14:00 – 14h45 Plenary Session : Making sense of dis/continuities: From policy discourse to lived experience for young people in care. Janet Boddy, CIRCY, University of Sussex, UK.
14:45 – 15:00 coffee break
15:00 – 15:30 Commented Posters
15:30 – 17:00 Workshop 1 – 

Young adults


Workshop 2 – Attachment 1 Workshop 3 – 

Work practices 1


Workshop 4 – 

Contact in Foster Care


17:00 – 18:30 Workshop 5 – 



Workshop 6 – 

Mental Health


Workshop 7- 



Workshop 8- 



19 : 00 Dinner in Paris


Thursday 28th of September 2017 – International Foster Care Research Network Conference

08:45 Welcome
9:15- 10:00 Plenary Session : Continuity in kinship care in France.
Bernadette Tillard, Clersé, Université Lille 1, France.
10:00 – 10:30 coffee break
10:30 – 11:00 Commented Posters
11:00 – 12:30 Workshop 9 – 

Attachment 2


Workshop 10 – 



Workshop 11 – 

Kinship care


Workshop 12- 



12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00- 15:00 Plenary session : The Foster care in Chile : current status and challenges Rosario Spencer, Profesor Facultad de Psicología, Universidad de Talca, Chile
15:00 – 15:30 coffee break
15:30 – 17:00 Workshop 13 – 

Work practices 2


Workshop 14- 



Workshop 15 – 



Workshop 16 – 

Ingredients for foster placement success


Friday 29th of September 2017 – A dialogue between Research and Practice

This day is organised jointly by the CREF (Centre de recherches éducation et formation)  ONPE (Observatoire National de la Protection de lEnfance, former ONED) and ANPF (Association Nationale des Placements Familiaux), and will be translated into French, in order to allow for presentations and debates with French researchers and practitioners from the field of Foster Care.

The event will serve to present thestudies supported by ONPE within the framework of its thematic call for projects of 2013 dedicated to Foster Care. These three studies will be presented during the day around three roundtables, each constituted by a French researcher, by a foreign researcher, by a French professional and by a foreign professional. 




Welcome Address

10:00 – 10:30

Plenary Session : Placement disruptions – a multi-perspective access

Daniela Reimer, coordinator of the Foster Care Research Network, Universität Siegen, Germany

10h30 – 12h

Roundtable 1 – Continuity and Disruption: What about the plurality of links ?

In many ways, fostering comes to question the multiplicity of links which the protected child is building all along his path. How are thought both the continuities and disruptions in these multiple and diverse links which constitute the emotional and social universe of the child?

Moderator: ONPE


  • Nathalie Chapon, CIMERSS, Université Aix-Marseille, France
  • Gillian Schofield, East Anglia University, Royaume-Uni
  • Robert Theisen, Psychologist, Luxembourg
  • Jean-Marie Muller (to be confirmed), FNADEPAPE, France

Discussion with the audience

12:00 – 12:45

Poster session

12:45 – 13:40

Lunch Break

The catering service of Nanterre university is completely saturated, therefore it will be proposed to participants a lunch box which will include: 1 roll-up of goat and cucumber, a small tomato mozarella sandwich, a brownie and a bottle of water. For participants to the Foster Care Network conference, this lunch box is included in the registration fee.

13:45 – 15:15

Roundtable 2 – Continuity and Disruption : What about foster children’s trajectories?

Children’s pathways through Child protection services has been at the heart of the concerns of professional as well as legal measures in France. What can be said concretely about it here and elsewhere? Is continuity a condition or a guarantee of a successful trajectory? Which meaning can be given to disruption ?

Moderator: Moïsette CHAUBARD, foster carer, member of ANPF


  • Gisèle Apter and Alexandre Novo , Association pour la recherche et la formation autour de la périnatalité (AREFA), France
  • Hans Grietens, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Pays-Bas
  • Mrs Bep Van Sloten, Projet Mijn Backpack, Pays-Bas
  • Nicole Haccart, Institut de formation en psychoéducation et santé mentale, Montpellier, France
  • Françoise Gaillard, social worker and Nathalie Haltel, manager of service d’accueil familial du Prado de Bourgogne, France.

Discussion with the audience

15:15 – 16:45

Roundtable 3 – Continuity and Disruption: What about the institutional follow-up?

This round table aims at questioning the impacts of an institutional organisation on the dimensions of continuity and breakdown in foster care. How can institutions take into account the lived experience of young people and carers involved? What modalities can be identified to anticipate, prepare, and accompany breaks and transitions?

Moderator: Researcher CREF, Nanterre University 


  • Catherine Lenzi, AREFIS-IREIS, France
  • Thomas Gabriel, Zürche Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Zurich, Suisse
  • Marie-France Lambert, Main manager of Parcours daccueil, Belgique
  • Mme Patricia Brunel , Head of the foster care service, Conseil départemental du Val-de-Marne, France 

16:45 – 17:00

Closing remarks