Creating Compassionate Foster Care makes the therapeutic challenges of helping abusive and neglectful parents real and compelling. This book is both a meditation on changing "internal working models" that lead to child abuse and neglect and the outline of an agenda for reinventing foster care for infants and toddlers.
A timely and valuable book that offers insight, judicious examination, compassion, hope and authentic guidance in what is an emotionally charged and challenging area.
If everyone in the foster care system, from policy makers to parents, embraced the relational knowledge in this book I believe it would revolutionize the entire approach to helping some of our most vulnerable children and families.
The stories within these pages offer every reader hope and something of a roadmap as to how vulnerability, mixed with commitment and solid science, can create opportunities for children and families that are often considered beyond hope.
This fine book helps the reader recognize the cost we pay in separating children from their primary caregivers and how this can become an eventual obstacle to reunification. With a high degree of reverence for this complexity, it challenges society: if we want to help the child, we must help the family.
This gem of a volume is wise, sensitive, honest and informative. For those who work with children and families who are struggling, it is a refreshing reminder of the value of embracing all involved.
This book is a gem! Using the highly evocative stories of parents and their children who have experienced maltreatment, the authors present a relationship-based system of foster care grounded in attachment research.