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Facilitating Meaningful Contact in Adoption and Fostering: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Planning, Assessing and Good Practice

Most children who are fostered or adopted have some level of contact with their birth family, whether face-to-face or by letter, but most of the time the psychological impact of contact on the child isn't considered. This book explores what attachment, neuroscience and trauma tell us about how contact affects children, and shows how poorly executed contact can be harmful to the child. Assessment frameworks are provided which take the child's developmental needs into account. The authors also outline a model for managing and planning contact to make it more purposeful and increase its potential for therapeutic benefit. The book covers the challenges presented by the internet for managing contact, unique issues for children in kinship care, problems that arise when adoptive parents separate and many other key issues for practice. Brimming with practical advice and creative solutions, this is an indispensable tool for social workers, contact centre workers, and other professionals involved in contact arrangements or the therapeutic support of fostered and adopted children.



  • 1. The Effects of Contact on Looked After and Adopted Children: Trauma, Neuroscience and Attachment.
  • 2. Developmental Issues as They Relate to Babies, Toddlers and Children in Temporary Foster Care: Considerations for Assessing and Supporting Contact Arrangements.
  • 3. The Adoption Quadrangle.
  • 4. Contact Issues for Children Moving from Foster Care into Adoptive Families.
  • 5. Facilitating Therapeutic Contact with Birth Relatives and Siblings for Adopted Children.
  • 6. Managing Contact when the Adoptive Parents have Separated or Divorced.
  • 7. Contact Issues for Children living in Kinship Care.
  • 8. Creative Approaches to Facilitating Safe Contact.
  • 9. Summary and Conclusions.

Author Bio:

Louis Sydney is a Child and Adult Psychotherapist and Specialist Adoption Consultant who has been working with children and families for over 10 years. He has training in Theraplay [copyright], Dan Hughes' Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Somatic Experience and Story Stems, and a Diploma in Supervision from the Gestalt Centre.

Elsie Price is a Qualified Social Worker and Practice Teacher with over 35 years' experience of working with looked after children. Elsie was trained by Dan Hughes in the use of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Theraplay[copyright]. She works as a Consultant Therapeutic Social Worker at Adoptionplus. Adoptionplus is a therapeutic voluntary adoption agency based in Buckinghamshire, near Milton Keynes, UK, offering an adoption placement service, specialist therapy services, training and conferences.

Facilitating Meaningful Contact in Adoption and Fostering: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Planning, Assessing and Good Practice

Author: Louis Sydney, Elsie Price

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