Elsie and Louis illustrate contact can be a positive force helping the child to disentangle the web and live comfortably with those in her life, whether directly or indirectly. Much compassion is shown for the child at the centre, but Elsie and Louis go much further. They also have compassion for the adopters, foster carers, other family relations and the birth parents, where it all began. Their sensitive and moving case examples show us that contact can be healing for all involved; leaving the child stronger and those touched by this child healthier.
This sensitive insight into the world of children and young people separated from the families that gave them birth should be required reading for everyone who makes decisions that affect the lives of these children… the potential for transformation and recovery when contact is approached and planned from the perspective of the needs of the child provides real hope for achievable improvements in the lives of our most vulnerable children. I recommend this book unreservedly.
Facilitating Meaningful Contact in Adoption and Fostering is a highly beneficial book which I read cover to cover and which helped crystallise my own thinking about how we manage contact within our Trust and how we could do this differently.
I enjoyed reading this book, it was interesting, balanced and all importantly, easy to understand. It has been written by people who are clearly sensitive practitioners, working closely with adopted and fostered children and it is evident that the children are at the heart of what is being presented... Contact is discussed... It discusses the importance of how a good foster care experience and meetings between foster carers and the adoptive family after placement can provide another stage of healing for the child, helping the child to understand and make sense of their history... it is probably best at this stage to recommend this book to you. It is helpful and there are a number of very good case studies.
It is written in a concise and easy format that would be accessible to social workers, foster carers, birth parents and adopters... the book addresses how a good foster-care experience, followed up by meetings between foster carers and the adoptive family after placement, can provide a further stage of healing, helping the child to make sense of their history... It is relevant to all practitioners who make decisions and need to organise their thinking about contact between children and Young people, and members of their birth families.