ERIC Number: EJ926608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
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Being in Relationship: Paradoxical Truths and Opportunities for Change in Foster Care
Mann, Janet C.; Kretchmar, Molly D.; Worsham, Nancy L.
Zero to Three (J), v31 n3 p11-16 Jan 2011
This article focuses on the experience of "Desirae," a young mother who participated with her children in services at The Children's Ark, an attachment-based intervention for families in foster care. The story of Desirae and her children highlights both the sometimes paradoxical truths about families fractured by addiction, abuse, and neglect and the nature of lasting change that challenge the current child welfare system. Informed by attachment theory and other psychodynamically oriented perspectives as well as Buddhist psychology and mindfulness, the authors stimulate further thinking about how professionals can manage challenges with creativity and compassion, by keeping relationships at the center of care for families in crisis.
Descriptors: Altruism, Child Welfare, Foster Care, Profiles, Mothers, Early Parenthood, Family Programs, Attachment Behavior, Parent Child Relationship, Psychological Patterns, Psychology, Consciousness Raising, Family Relationship, Young Children
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