ERIC Number: ED430727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
When Do I Go Home? Intervention Strategies for Foster Parents and Helping Professionals.
Hoyle, Sally G.
Noting that meeting foster children's needs with sensitivity and compassion creates challenges for foster parents and helping professionals, this booklet narrates the experiences of two foster children to launch a discussion of challenges faced by foster children and appropriate child welfare intervention strategies. Part 1 tells the story of Karli and her infant brother Jon who are removed from their home in the middle of the night and placed in separate foster homes. Part 2 identifies nine challenges illustrated by the children's experiences and relevant caseworker strategies: (1) when a child is placed in foster care, a series of unpredictable events occur; (2) although foster parents and helping professions feel negatively toward the biological parent because of their abusive or neglectful practices, the child sees nothing wrong with their parent; (3) the child is accustomed to raising siblings; (4) the child hears adult conversation about him/her; (5) it is not clear where the parents are when the child is removed; (6) changing schools; (7) the child is wary about meeting new people; (8) cultural differences in food, clothing, and customs; and (9) the child experiences conflicting feelings about visitation. The booklet concludes with a list of print, website, and organizational resources. (KB)
Descriptors: Biological Parents, Caregiver Child Relationship, Change Strategies, Child Welfare, Cultural Differences, Emotional Adjustment, Foster Care, Foster Children, Foster Family, Helping Relationship, Intervention, Social Workers
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Welfare League of America, Inc., Washington, DC.