Babies And Young Children in Care: Life Pathways, by Harriet Ward, Emily R. Munro, Chris Dearden

By Harriet Ward, Emily R. Munro, Chris Dearden

Infants and intensely young ones in care frequently adventure numerous adjustments of placement and carer, that can have a unfavourable influence upon their long term skill to increase safe attachments. "Babies and young ones in Care" examines why infants input care or lodging and why securing their long term destiny could be a long strategy. It analyses the conditions, features and reviews of those little ones prior to, in the course of and after being sorted, together with purposes for alterations of carer and site disruptions. It appears to be like at how children are tormented by the inability of balance of their lives, and discover the results of reunification with their mom and dad after lengthy classes in care. Drawing on interviews with delivery mom and dad, carers and social care execs, the authors hint the complicated decision-making strategy that impacts those kid's early reports and the effect this has on their later improvement and healthiness. they give a transparent rationalization of the results of providers for extraordinarily youngsters and signpost messages for perform. This publication is a key textual content for researchers, practitioners, coverage makers and social care managers.

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While many of these children experienced continuing loss and instability while they were looked after, several did not: six children stayed in the same placement throughout their time in care, and were expected to remain there until adulthood; ten others had only two placements. For them care offered protection and stability. The following chapters will explore further the factors that influenced these babies’ experiences while they were looked after, and consider the complex relationship between instability and delay.

Two children also had siblings who had died. Family sizes ranged from one to nine children; 28 of these babies had at least one sibling who was also looked after. As will become apparent, the complexity of family relations and the desire to find families to meet the cultural needs of sibling groups of different mixed heritage had important implications for the matching process. Many of the babies came from families where the parents had substantial problems. Three of the mothers and four of the fathers were misusing alcohol, seven mothers and two fathers were misusing drugs, and one mother and one father were misusing both.

7: Domiciles on 1 April 2002 Count (n=42) Percentage Not looked after Adoptive parents 23 55 Birth mother 8 19 Birth father 4 9 Both birth parents 2 5 Other relative 2 5 Local authority foster carers 1 2 Relative foster carers 2 5 42 100 Looked after Total Return to birth mothers Eight of these young children returned to lone birth mothers, a further two returned to live with both their parents. Four of these were babies who had originally been admitted for time-limited assessment of their mothers’ parenting capacity.

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