How can foster parents “listen” to their new arrival? One good way is to work with the child to prepare a story of the child's past. Called a Life Book....
Attachment and Bonding in the Foster and Adopted Child
An important 2014 book by James Kenny, PhD and Peter Kenny, JD.
Foster parents will learn how to make their voice heard in case conferences and in court.
Birth parents will learn effective strategies for reunification.
Adoptive parents will learn how to weave a path through the many laws and polices involved, and how to obtain the subsidies available.
Mental health professionals will learn how to evaluate bonding in four objective and verifiable definitions that can be presented in court.
Case managers will learn how and why the child’s needs are paramount, and how to engage the older child in planning for his or her future.
Child welfare administrators will learn innovative recommendations about ways to improve the system and reduce time in foster care.
Attorneys will learn how to help foster parents advocate for their wards, defend them against allegations, and argue their case in a contested adoption.
All readers will learn why bonded relationships are so important and how their disruption lead to significant increases in mental illness, crime, and homelessness.
Every child has the right to a permanent home.