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Adoption and Fostering in Scotland

Gary Clapton, Pauline Hoggan

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08 Dec 2011
Dunedin Academic Press
131 pages - 216 x 138 x 10mm
Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care
Much adoption and fostering practice in Scotland is the same as elsewhere in the United Kingdom, especially in relation to social and demographic changes; developing policies and practices, such as post-adoption information exchanges; responding to the challenges that face children adopted from local authority care; and incorporating birth parents in support services. This volume summarises Scottish adoption and fostering practice and highlights where Scottish practice or the Scottish legal environment differs from elsewhere in the UK. Research findings that have UK-wide application, for example, the need for sensitisation of foster parents to the challenges in caring for a child that has been sexually abused and the needs of post-care adults are discussed. The authors begin with a brief history of developments in care for children who cannot be looked after within their biological families. A chapter on Kinship Care brings the policy framework up to the present. They end their book with a chapter that points to current gaps in knowledge, policy and practice. The result is a short, readable survey of Scottish practice set in the context of developments in other jurisdictions. As such it is valuable to students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as to those practitioners whose work involves adoption and fostering.
Introduction. 1 Adoption and Fostering in Scotland: Yesterday and today; 2 Towards Contemporary Adoption and Fostering Practice; 3 Current Legislation, Practice and Policy Issues; 4 Kinship Care; 5 Adoption: A Life-Long Process; 6 Afterword: Looking to the Future for Adoption & Fostering in Scotland. References. Further Reading. Index.
Gary Clapton is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh. Pauline Hoggan is an experiences practitioner in adoption and fostering in both the independent and local government sectors.

Two aspects are dealt with in most depth, namely kinship care and the implications of adoption in later life. These chapters would make worthwhile reading even for people not based or interested in Scotland, since the issues are universal and much non-Scottish research is cited, especially with regard to the experiences of adopted adults and birth family members. In accord with the series of which this book is a part, the style is accessible. This volume is intended to be introductory and so will be of particular value to students, new carers and professionals, especially in Scotland, but those elsewhere could benefit from the more thematic material. An extensive list of references points the way for those who wish to examine particular issues in more detail. Adoption and Fostering

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