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By Mike Thomas

The overpowering majority of youngsters and youngsters in care this present day are fostered, yet for a few this in basic terms raises their difficulties via untreated trauma, ill-judged placements, poorly supported foster carers and a number of strikes. This useful and evidence-based booklet outlines the foundations of kin placement at the foundation of making plans and proof, and explores the traits, abilities and insights that create optimistic placement results. "Fostering a kid's restoration" indicates how the foremost to stable fostering is well-trained and expert foster carers who shape a part of a group of pros who encompass the kid. This e-book will gain all execs and fogeys eager about delivering restoration for traumatized young children and teenagers in making sure winning placements.

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Neglect shifts the focus of the infant away from the exploration and essential learning the brain is prepared to do at the beginning of life. 37) However, how different children are affected by trauma will differ according to the severity, cause, the child’s age, and the circumstances in which the trauma occurred. But children are also individuals, with their own in-built strengths and resilience, their weak and their strong points. Thus, while all trauma has a negative effect, some kinds of trauma affect some children in different ways.

What the local authority or agency needs to stress is what it expects of kinship carers, just as it does of stranger foster carers. Unless they do this, local authorities may end up treating kinship carers as they did foster carers 25 years ago. However, situations when kinship should be queried (which is not to say dismissed) do exist, and these are where children have suffered abuse at the hands of a family member. Hunt, Waterhouse and Lutman (2008) found that while kinship care can be a positive option for many abused and neglected children, it is not straightforward and requires careful assessment THE CONTEXT OF FAMILY PLACEMENT 31 and adequate support.

Children in care are frequently denied these opportunities. They change families; they change workers; they may lose contact with birth family members. Foster care can offer children separated from their birth families the opportunity of having a family life, within a substitute family – to experience and re-experience it, this time positively. For traumatized children, fostering offers all of the above, but it is also situated in the family, an inherently frightening place – a place where trauma has been experienced previously.

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