Creating New Families: Therapeutic Approaches to Fostering by Caroline Lindsey, Jenny Kendricks, Lorraine Tollemache

By Caroline Lindsey, Jenny Kendricks, Lorraine Tollemache

Written for a certified readership, developing New households can be of curiosity to these without delay fascinated with the fields of fostering and adoption. It represents top perform from the multidisciplinary Fostering and Adoption group on the Tavistock health center childrens and households division. Contents comprise: Theoretical issues; therapy which makes a speciality of the kid; remedy which makes a speciality of mom and dad and households; session; paintings in several settings; final note from a father or mother.

Contributors: Professor Lionel Hersov, Rita Harris, Sally Hodges, Sara Barratt, Miriam Steele, Hamish Canham, Laverne Antrobus, Juliet Hopkins, Margaret Rustin, Julia Granville, Louise Emanuel, Graham Music.

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Klein described it as follows: “The baby having incorporated his parents feels them to be live people inside his body in the concrete way in which deep unconscious phantasies are experienced—they are in his mind ‘internal’ or ‘inner’ objects”. At the same time his perception of external relationships and experience is “altered by his own phantasies and impulses” (Klein, 1940). An understanding of the conflicts and complexities of the child’s inner world can help us to make some sense of his apparent reluctance to embrace new opportunities for relationships and experiences.

All referrals are likely to have in common a high level of concern about the functioning of the child in more than one setting, usually both at home and at school, together with a recognition of the impact of the child’s history on the ability to make new relationships as well as the ongoing effect of the birth family, whether in reality or in the mind. There is often a complex family–professional system, involving shared responsibilities, between social workers and family, with education always having an important role to play.

The systemic approach is a crucial aspect of working with families who foster and adopt and with the professionals and agencies involved in their care. It offers a framework for understanding and intervening in the inter-relationships between the complex systems created for caring for children outside their birth families. Practitioners are seen as part of a new “co-created” system, which is formed between themselves and the families and other professional participants in the course of the conversations that they have together.

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