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A guidebook for raising foster children
Blatt, Susan McNair, 1945-
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Publication Information:
Westport, CT : Bergin & Garvey, [2000]

Physical Description:
xvi, 219 pages ; 25 cm
Reading Level:
990 Lexile.
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HQ759.7 .B53 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Foster parents need wisdom to guide foster children to enable them to have a meaningful experience. This book, written by a pediatrician, with the help of foster parents, provides guidance and suggestions to maximize the experience for foster families and assist them in the process.

With the help of many foster parents, this book contains practical suggestions for those who care for foster children. It addresses many of the major and minor problems that may arise. This book contains easily understood discussions of those problems with practical suggestions for resolving them, including when to call in a professional. Although various trends in child welfare are discussed, it is important to note that this book does not aim at criticizing the system, but rather attempts to address the needs of the children going through the system. This book is intended as a resource for anyone involved with the foster care system and particularly families raising foster children.

Author Notes

Susan McNair Blatt, M.D. is the Medical Director of the House of Good Shepherd in Utica, New York, a child welfare agency, and is an Adjunct Professor at Utica College.

Table of Contents

Representative Sherwood Boehlert
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
1 Introduction to Foster Carep. 1
2 Welcoming New Foster Childrenp. 15
3 Foster Children as Part of a Foster Familyp. 25
4 The Foster Child's Biological Familyp. 37
5 Abuse and Neglectp. 49
6 Newborns and Infantsp. 61
7 Six- to Twelve-Year Oldsp. 75
8 Schoolp. 87
9 Adolescents and Teenagersp. 97
10 Helping Foster Children Learn New Behaviorp. 111
11 Seriously Abnormal Behaviorp. 125
12 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justicep. 139
13 Common Health-Related Problems in Foster Childrenp. 149
14 When the Child Is Ill or Injuredp. 159
15 The Chronically Ill Foster Childp. 171
16 Particular Concerns of Foster Parentsp. 189
17 Particular Concerns of Foster Childrenp. 201
Resourcesp. 213
Indexp. 215