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By William Meezan

Care and dedication is the 1st ebook to handle the becoming factor of foster guardian adoption. Meezan and Shireman cross on to the resource to determine why a few foster mom and dad, while given the chance, decide to undertake the kids of their care whereas others don't. adjustments among the 2 units of households are explored when it comes to kinfolk features, baby features, family-child interplay, and baby welfare supplier provider.
The end result of a two-year research, this e-book offers the views of either households who've made the choice and their social staff. It provides additionally the 1st examine foster guardian adoptions that experience failed, highlighting the significance of enterprise provider in such adoptions. The book's well timed and unique findings are the most important for baby welfare practitioners and all these attracted to permanency making plans for kids and within the methods of relatives formation.

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Whether they are adopted by their foster family or by a different family, children's ties to their biological family must be legally terminatedthey must be "freed" for adoption. In foster parent adoptions this process may be simplified by the fact that an adoptive home, the foster home, has already been "found" and is "waiting'' for the child. 26 Ties to a biological family are not only legal, they are also emotional. Studies have repeatedly shown that parental visiting of children in foster care diminishes with time, but even children who have not seen their biological family for a long time may retain emotional ties to them.

The firmer the childrens' roots in the families in which they grow up, and the stronger their sense that they are family members, the better their situation. For most children these conditions are met in their biological homes. When it is not possible for children to remain with their biological parents, it becomes the responsibility of those who assume authority for planning their care to see that these conditions are approximated to the greatest degree possible. In this report, attention is focused on children who have been removed from the biological home and strenuous attempts to reunite biological necessary that there be careful decision making at the point of initial removal from the biological home and strenuous attempts to reunite biological families.

The Inquiry It is within this framework that the research was done. More specifically, the project was designed to answer the following questions about foster homes which the agency considered appropriate for adoption: 1. Are foster parents who choose to adopt their foster children different from those who choose not to adopt? Are foster parents who ask for the removal of an adopted foster child different from either, or both, of the above groups? 2. Do children who are adopted by their foster parents have different characteristics than children whose foster parents choose not to adopt, or for whom the adoption is not successful?

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