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Adoptive and Foster Parent Screening: A Professional Guide by James L. Dickerson

By James L. Dickerson

Screening candidates for adoption or foster houses has life-altering outcomes for the kids concerned, but there are really few courses on hand to coach screeners. the academic method that certifies millions of social staff every year doesn't comprehend the really good education required to display adoptive and foster mom and dad; social paintings colleges offer minimum interview education and what education they do offer makes a speciality of healing interview concepts instead of screening talents. there's a transparent want for a ebook like Adoptive and Foster father or mother Screening, person who will be included into path standards and utilized by operating social employees and psychologists concerned with adoption and foster mum or dad screening. Adoptive and Foster dad or mum Screening, written via a former social employee, who has put hundreds of thousands of kids into adoptive and foster houses, and a scientific psychologist, meshes the easiest of psychology and social paintings adventure right into a definitive advisor for screening adoption and foster domestic candidates. The publication presents info on: comparing aberrant habit and bad parenting attitudes interview options mental trying out. Adoptive and Foster dad or mum Screening relies on case histories, study facts, and interpretive research. The ebook is written in an obtainable style free of technical language, hence making it acceptable for college-level scholars and execs who shouldn't have time to sift via empirical facts to acquire available info that they could adapt to their career.

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The only “selling” that a screener for a public agency has to do involves introducing the child to the adoptive applicants. By contrast, a screener for a private agency often finds himself in the awkward position of “selling” the adoptive applicants he has approved to the individual or institution that has guardianship of the child. , the screener must be selective in the information that he puts into the home study for reasons of confidentiality. Competent screeners for public and private agencies will discuss the intimate details of an individual’s sex life with the same thoroughness, but the screener for the private agency will be less likely to include that information in his report than will a screener for a public agency for fear that its publication would violate the applicant’s privacy rights.

8 Fanshel also scored foster mothers and foster fathers on the sources of their satisfaction in caring for foster children. ”9 Fanshel’s comparisons are important because they highlight gender differences when it comes to motivation for caring for foster children. Anecdotal evidence supports Fanshel’s data that suggests that a foster father’s motive for taking in foster children is more altruistic than his wife’s and more likely to take her feelings into consideration. The foster mother’s motives, on the other hand, tend to focus more on self-gratification and less on altruistic or relationship-related motives.

Indd 42 8/11/06 3:48:12 PM CHAPTER 6 Screening Single and Gay Applicants In 1970 less than 1% of the adoptions in the United States involved single parents, but today single-parent adoptions are legal in all 50 states and the percentage varies between 8%–33%, depending on the state. Even so, public and private adoption agencies still give a preference to married couples, public agencies more so than private agencies. That should not come as a great surprise since the mission of child welfare agencies is to take each child’s long-term care into consideration and the statistics of child-rearing makes it clear that a child with two parents has better odds of success in life than a child with one parent.

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