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 effects for the kids concerned, but there are exceptionally few courses on hand to coach screeners. the academic approach that certifies hundreds of thousands of social staff every year doesn't comprehend the really expert education required to reveal adoptive and foster mom and dad; social paintings colleges offer minimum interview education and what education they do supply makes a speciality of healing interview recommendations instead of screening talents. there's a transparent desire for a ebook like Adoptive and Foster mum or dad Screening, person who will be integrated into path specifications and utilized by operating social staff and psychologists concerned with adoption and foster mum or dad screening. Adoptive and Foster father or mother Screening, written by way of a former social employee, who has put hundreds and hundreds of kids into adoptive and foster houses, and a medical psychologist, meshes the easiest of psychology and social paintings event right into a definitive consultant for screening adoption and foster domestic candidates. The e-book presents details on: comparing aberrant habit and dangerous parenting attitudes interview strategies mental trying out. Adoptive and Foster mother or father Screening is predicated on case histories, examine information, and interpretive research. The publication is written in an available style free of technical language, hence making it applicable for college-level scholars and pros who would not have time to sift via empirical facts to acquire obtainable info that they could adapt to their career.

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Indd 13 8/29/06 6:45:17 AM 14 • Adoptive and Foster Parent Screening Adoption Screeners The history of screeners is such that they often serve at different stages of their careers as both foster home screeners and adoption screeners. That has resulted in some misconceptions about the screening process as it affects foster and adoptive parents: the most notable one being that the same criteria is applied to both groups. Foster and adoptive parents represent two separate sets of challenges to the screener, beginning with the fact that adoptive applicants typically are in their twenties or thirties, while foster applicants are typically in their forties, fi ft ies or sixties; adoptive applicants are generally just beginning or headed toward the peaks of their careers, while foster applicants are usually past their career peaks; adoptive applicants seldom have a track record in child-rearing, while foster applicants often have birth children in the home or they have raised birth children to adulthood; and the ability of adoptive applicants to sustain a relationship with a significant other is usually a question mark, while the ability of foster applicants in that area is usually supported by a history of relationships of moderate or long duration.

Other times he lifts the infant into the air and swings him to and fro, sometimes taking the infant’s breath away. Dad is always fun. By contrast, mom always seems to come quietly into the room, so as not to awaken baby. She speaks in a soothing manner and tells baby how pretty he or she is. She makes eye contact when her purpose is nonnurturing in nature, but most of her time is spent feeding, bathing, and changing baby, tasks that usually require her to gaze someplace other than the infant’s eyes.

On the rare occasions when single parents adopt infants, it almost always is the result of an international adoption. There are many areas in which the screening of single adoptive applicants overlaps the screening of married adoptive applicants, just as there is overlap in the screening of heterosexual and gay and lesbian applicants.

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