Stakeholders in Foster Care
The Role of Phonological Abilities, Letter Knowledge, &
Speed of Serial Naming in Early Intervention & Diagnosis

By Marianne Eleveld
September 2005
Distributed by
ISBN: 9044112708
169 pages, 6 ¼ x 9 ½"
$49.50 Paper Original

Foster care is in a state of flux almost everywhere. In high-income countries, the number of children requiering foster care is growing. The nature of children in foster care is changing - they exhibit more problems, while their birth families are finding it harder to cope. There are also alarming reports about the negative effects of foster care on children. As foster families assume more functions, foster parents are demanding more support, training and financial aid. In addition, the number of families volunteering for foster care is decreasing.

In low-income countries, effective policies for dealing with breakdowns in care arrangements of birth families are virtually absent. There are also strong social taboos about addressing child abuse within the family or the community. Traditional systems of family support are breaking down due to recession, migration and now HIV/AIDS. In the former socialist nations, there is a move away from state-controlled institutionalisation to foster care and other forms of child- and family support, but these countries are grappling with lack of experience and a shortage of qualified professionals.

With all these changes and new expectations, current foster care practices call for a thorough review and assessment in both rich and poor countries, and in the many social context within these countries.

Chapter 1. Introduction: Mapping the Dynamics
Chapter 2. Foster Care and the Family
Chapter 3. Foster Care, the State and Non-Governmental Organizations
Chapter 4. Support Structures in Foster Care
Chapter 5. Foster Care: Can We Do Better?

Children's Studies
Public Policy

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