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 to be had to coach screeners. the tutorial process that certifies hundreds of thousands of social employees every year doesn't comprehend the really good education required to reveal adoptive and foster mom and dad; social paintings colleges offer minimum interview education and what education they do supply specializes in healing interview concepts instead of screening abilities. there's a transparent desire for a publication like Adoptive and Foster dad or mum Screening, one who may be integrated into path standards and utilized by operating social staff and psychologists concerned with adoption and foster guardian screening. Adoptive and Foster guardian Screening, written by means of a former social employee, who has positioned hundreds of thousands of kids into adoptive and foster houses, and a medical psychologist, meshes the simplest of psychology and social paintings event right into a definitive consultant for screening adoption and foster domestic candidates. The ebook offers details on: comparing aberrant habit and bad parenting attitudes interview strategies mental checking out. Adoptive and Foster father or mother Screening relies on case histories, learn information, and interpretive research. The booklet is written in an available style free of technical language, hence making it applicable for college-level scholars and execs who wouldn't have time to sift via empirical information to procure available details that they could adapt to their occupation.
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How would they handle disagreements if the birth parents are racist or hostile to certain religions? If a birth parent is in prison, how would they feel about the child visiting the parent? What are their coping mechanisms to deal with the possibility of the birth parent suing for custody of the child, despite prior approval of the adoption? indd 33 7/22/06 6:42:47 PM 34 • Adoptive and Foster Parent Screening Adoption Telling What are their plans when it comes to telling the child that he or she is adopted?
The Syndrome The fi ndings of the Fanshel and Wolins studies were of great interest to James L. Dickerson, the co-author of this book, because their publication was preceded by his employment as a foster and adoptive parent screener at a children’s services agency in Canada by only a couple of years and he viewed the research as fresh and innovative. indd 38 8/11/06 3:48:10 PM Understanding the Foster Parent Syndrome • 39 With little research, the information that was available seemed to suggest that foster homes could be utilized as neutral territories for the child, freeing the social worker to venture into battle to combat poverty, injustice and a host of assorted psycho-social maladies.
Indd 40 8/11/06 3:48:11 PM Understanding the Foster Parent Syndrome • 41 minimum risk to the foster child and the agency. Equally important was the screener’s ability to set perimeters for their use as foster parents by establishing a casework approach to their supervision. Motivations Associated with the Foster Parent Syndrome Acceptable • A need to feel young • A need to have close physical contact with “cuddly” babies • A need for affection • A need to help the less fortunate • A fascination with watching children grow up • For men, a need to give their wife “something of her own” • For men, a need to be seen as a leader in the community, which can be viewed as a need for dominance among other males • For women, the need to have “something of my own” within the marriage Unacceptable • Sexual attraction to children • A reaction to childhood sexual, physical, or emotional abuse • A belief that children in the home will save a faltering marriage • A lack of sexual intimacy in the marriage • A need to make their wife happy because they feel they are disappointing her in other areas, especially in the bedroom • Peer pressure from neighbors or work associates Conditionally Acceptable • A guilt need to compensate for perceived injustices to a loved one such as a deceased child or close relative • A need to “undo” the bad parenting they experienced as a child • Poor social skills with adults • A need to find an outlet for what some applicants call “nervous” energy.