by Elspeth Neil and David Howe, Baaf Adoption and
An essential reference work for contact issues is always welcome,
writes Barbara Davis.
This one encourages careful thinking about the plans for children
in permanent care, taking
into account the relevant issues of the planning process.
Each chapter looks at a different aspect, whether it is from the
perspective of the birth parent, the adopter or the child.
Some technical content is difficult to follow but the chapters end
with three main “aims”, “findings” and “implications for practice”
which direct the reader to relevant sections.
The research examines the best results for children, who should be
consulted, and highlights the importance of continuing social work
support to contact arrangements.
Barbara Davis is a social worker, fostering and adoption
team, Highland Council