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Supporting direct contact after adoption


Supporting direct contact after adoption

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    Available in PDF Format | Supporting direct contact after adoption.pdf | English
    Elsbeth Neil (Author), Jeanette Cossar (Author), Christine Jones (Author), Paula Lorgelly (Author), Julie Young (Author) 2 more
A significant minority of adopted children have direct contact with members of their birth family after adoption. The Adoption and Children Act 2002 recognises that both birth and adoptive families may need help to manage these contact arrangements, and the legislation specifies that support for contact should be available. This study outlines the findings of the first investigation of the services established to support direct post-adoption contact. Supporting Direct Contact after Adoption draws on the experiences of 51 adoptive parents, four long-term foster carers and 39 birth relatives, all of whom were involved in agency supported direct post-adoption contact arrangements. Individuals experiences of the challenges and benefits involved in having direct contact are described. Four different models of contact support are identified and these models are discussed in terms of both their relative costs and how they can be matched to the differing needs of adoptive and birth families. Implications for practice are offered. Supporting Direct Contact after Adoption will be of particular interest to social workers and support workers in child and family teams, adoption and post-adoption support teams, legal professionals, child mental health professionals, adoption researchers and students.
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