Adoptive and Foster Parent Screening: A Professional Guide by James L. Dickerson

By James L. Dickerson

Screening candidates for adoption or foster houses has life-altering effects for the youngsters concerned, but there are particularly few courses to be had to coach screeners. the tutorial procedure that certifies hundreds of thousands of social employees every year doesn't comprehend the really expert education required to display adoptive and foster mom and dad; social paintings faculties supply minimum interview education and what education they do offer makes a speciality of healing interview innovations instead of screening talents. there's a transparent desire for a booklet like Adoptive and Foster mum or dad Screening, one who might be integrated into direction requisites and utilized by operating social staff and psychologists concerned with adoption and foster guardian screening. Adoptive and Foster mother or father Screening, written through a former social employee, who has positioned hundreds of thousands of youngsters into adoptive and foster houses, and a medical psychologist, meshes the easiest of psychology and social paintings event right into a definitive advisor for screening adoption and foster domestic candidates. The booklet presents info on: comparing aberrant habit and bad parenting attitudes interview thoughts mental checking out. Adoptive and Foster dad or mum Screening is predicated on case histories, examine info, and interpretive research. The booklet is written in an available style free of technical language, therefore making it acceptable for college-level scholars and pros who do not need time to sift via empirical info to acquire obtainable details that they could adapt to their occupation.

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Competent screeners for public and private agencies will discuss the intimate details of an individual’s sex life with the same thoroughness, but the screener for the private agency will be less likely to include that information in his report than will a screener for a public agency for fear that its publication would violate the applicant’s privacy rights. As a result, home studies compiled by private agencies are often viewed as “light weight” documents that sometimes avoid serious issues that could affect the success of a placement.

Others feel that if an agency embraces the same religious beliefs it is more likely to agree with them about childrearing practices and religious instruction. Religion-based agencies have a long history of making adoption placements, and today there are agencies that represent just about every religious affiliation imaginable. The advantages to adopting though a religion-based agency are: they typically have the same level of professional competence that can be found at public and for-profit agencies, they are more likely to place a child born to a mother of a particular religion with adoptive parents of the same religion, and applicants are more likely to feel that the adoption will be blessed by a higher power.

The screener’s task is to undertake the type of evaluation that every couple should undergo before committing to marriage. When it comes to adoption, the question for the screener is not whether the individuals sitting across from him are good people, but rather whether they agree on enough parenting issues to be good parents. Adoptive applicants often are surprised at their partner’s responses on parenting issues. ” Of course, you would not expect them to agree on all issues—just enough issues to provide the foundation for effective parenting.

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