By James L. Dickerson
Screening candidates for adoption or foster houses has life-altering outcomes for the youngsters concerned, but there are enormously few courses to be had to coach screeners. the tutorial method that certifies hundreds of thousands of social staff every year doesn't comprehend the really good education required to monitor adoptive and foster mom and dad; social paintings colleges supply minimum interview education and what education they do offer makes a speciality of healing interview innovations instead of screening abilities. there's a transparent want for a e-book like Adoptive and Foster father or mother Screening, one who may be included into path requisites and utilized by operating social staff and psychologists concerned with adoption and foster guardian screening. Adoptive and Foster mum or dad Screening, written via a former social employee, who has put hundreds and hundreds of youngsters into adoptive and foster houses, and a scientific psychologist, meshes the simplest of psychology and social paintings adventure right into a definitive consultant for screening adoption and foster domestic candidates. The ebook presents details on: comparing aberrant habit and dangerous parenting attitudes interview concepts mental checking out. Adoptive and Foster mother or father Screening is predicated on case histories, examine info, and interpretive research. The booklet is written in an obtainable style free of technical language, therefore making it applicable for college-level scholars and execs who do not need time to sift via empirical info to procure obtainable details that they could adapt to their occupation.
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The first challenge for the screener is to cleanse his intellectual palate of any notion that the applicants will prove to be neutral copartners in the agency’s mission to care for children in need. That will never happen. Foster parents are individuals with special needs and the measure of their effectiveness will be determined by whether those needs are addressed by having foster children in the home. The screener’s job is to: (1) identify those needs, (2) determine if they are of a type that pose an acceptable risk for the agency, and (3) formulate a casework approach to working with the foster family once they have a child in their care.
The easiest way to handle that is to discuss each area of concern during the individual interviews and then follow up with a series of direct questions during the joint interview. ” Obviously, some answers are more important than others, but the purpose of the questions is to measure the applicants’ agreement on a variety of parenting issues. Their answers are of lesser interest for their content than whether they agree with each other on the answers. You will have more confidence making decisions about dominant male/passive female applicants if they demonstrate a strong pattern of agreement on parenting issues, as reflected by the frequency of their agreement on the specific questions you pose to them.
The foster parent syndrome is a motivational marker that allows screeners to group applicants in acceptable or unacceptable categories based on the needs that they seek to address by becoming foster parents. The satisfaction of some needs is consistent with being a good foster parent, while the satisfaction of other needs is not acceptable for a variety of reasons. The first challenge for the screener is to cleanse his intellectual palate of any notion that the applicants will prove to be neutral copartners in the agency’s mission to care for children in need.
Adoptive and Foster Parent Screening: A Professional Guide for Evaluations by James L. Dickerson