ERIC Number: EJ805177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
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Critical Issues in Foster Care: Lessons the Children's Ark Learned from Barbara and Nathan
Mann, Janet; Kretchmar, Molly D.; Worsham, Nancy L.
Zero to Three, v28 n6 p41-46 Jul 2008
Using an attachment theory framework, this article explores several critical issues in foster care as reflected in the case of Barbara and her 9-month-old son, Nathan. Barbara and Nathan participated in The Children's Ark, an innovative intervention for families in foster care that allowed mothers who had lost custody of their children to live, full time, with them. Barbara's experience at the Ark powerfully illustrates the intergenerational effects of early maltreatment as well as the pain of confronting that past. Nathan's experience demonstrated the critical need for security, which, because of her past, Barbara struggled to provide. Over time, Barbara came to realize that it was in Nathan's bests interests to relinquish custody so that he could be moved to a permanent placement, another critical need. Finally, this article illustrates how a carefully planned transition allowed Nathan, at age 2, to have some understanding of what was happening and to eventually claim his new caregiver.
Descriptors: Placement, Foster Care, Intervention, Child Welfare, Program Descriptions, Family Programs, Young Children
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