‘Kinship, Resiliency, and Placement Issues’ Articles
This project provides an opportunity for siblings separated in foster care to visit one another with the assistance of a volunteer who picks up the children for an outing once a month.
This inspiring article comes to us from Dr. Robert Brooks who is one of today’s leading speakers on the themes of resilience, self-esteem, motivation, and family relationships.
Courts have the difficult task of considering what is in the best interest of the child when looking at placement. This article presents the research that describes the importance of a secure attachment to a primary caregiver and the societal duty to protect those relationships whenever possible.
On February 8, 2006, President Bush signed into law the 2006 federal budget bill, which includes provisions to decrease federal funding for a range of services that help children who have been abused or neglected.
This article from the July 2005 Zero to Three national publication emphasizes the importance of understanding the emotional needs of infants and toddlers when making decisions about placement. The importance of attachment to a primary caregiver is discussed.
The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 directed the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop this report to Congress. Sarah Casken, the HFPA executive Director, served as a member of the ASFA-designated Advisory Panel on Kinship Care which met in October 1998 and January 1999 in Washington, D.C. to provide input to this report.
Kinship care has traditionally been an informal service that family members provide for each other in times of crisis. More recently, however, it has also become part of the child welfare system’s array of services.
Dr. Jill Duerr Berrick, a well-known researcher on kinship care and child welfare, suggests DHS consider modifying its placement policy.
Deborah Blum, in this Psychology Today article, explores how people overcome trauma, survive and thrive.”David Miller — and, really, everyone in the field of resilience — emphasizes the importance of someone else’s presence. Parents, first and best of all, who believe in you, and, if that fails, neighbors, friends, teachers. The foremost element in transcending trouble is not having to do it alone. Emmy Werner found that many islanders in her study group pulled their lives together when they married. There’s an element of obvious common sense here — we all need love and hope and help.”
The 40-year longitundinal study on Kauai of resiliency describes a constellation of protective factors that help build resiliency in children. These factors are important to incorporate into the development of public policy.