ERIC Number: ED255295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Walk a Mile in My Shoes: A Manual on Biological Parents for Foster Parents.
Lee, Judith A. B.; Park, Danielle N.
Designed to be used as a self-study guide or as a tool in courses and workshops, this manual includes study questions for foster parents to use in working out their role with the biological parents of the children in their care. The first section describes the prime reason for involvement with the biological parent: to enable the child to love both sets of parents. The next section discusses the major reasons why children are placed in foster homes and the feelings of biological parents who must place their children in foster care. Foster parents are encouraged to explore their emotional reactions to each of these reasons for placement. In the next two sections foster parents' responses to biological parents' visits and behavior with their children and the feelings of biological parents in the same visitation situations are explored. Next examined are children's responses to separation from their parents. Suggestions are given for ways in which the foster parents can help a child maintain his or her connection with biological parents and ancestors. The following section describes ways in which foster parents can help the biological parent (i.e., by being a role model for family life, nurturing the biological parent, and providing a support system). The last section discusses the role of the agency and caseworker in facilitating communication between both sets of parents. (CB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs. School of Social Work.