Journal Article

A Kind of Loving: A Model of Effective Foster Care

Kate Wilson, Steph Petrie and Ian Sinclair

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 33, issue 8, pages 991-1003
Published in print December 2003 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online December 2003 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
A Kind of Loving: A Model of Effective Foster Care

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The article builds on a companion statistical paper, which drew on the findings of a large sample of foster placements and analysed factors leading to a successful placement and the avoidance of disruption. A model of successful foster care was developed which suggested that outcomes depend on three aspects of the foster placement, those that relate to the child, the foster carer and the interaction between the two. Here, a concrete example in the form of a case study drawn from interviews undertaken as part of the study is used to illustrate the relevance of the model to practice. The qualities that make up the interaction between the carer and the child are elaborated through the concept of ‘responsive parenting’. The analysis is taken further by identifying the processes involved in a way that is detailed and precise and has relevance to theory. The paper argues that the case study provides material that could inform both training and the theories that underpin practice.

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Subjects: Social Work

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