Parent–Child Visits in Foster Care: Reaching Shared Goals and Expectations to Better Prepare Children and Parents for Visits
- Ande Nesmith
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This study presents descriptive findings from a project designed to understand different perspectives about family visits, to pilot a guidebook tool to help participants reach shared goals, and implement best practices. A sample of 133 parents, children, foster parents, and social workers reported their reactions to the tool. Findings revealed that, depending on the role played in visits, there was variation in perceived goals of visits and ideas about handling difficult visits. After using the tool, parents reported feeling better able to manage their emotions during visits, children reported believing their feelings about visits were more normal, and foster parents were more open to discussing parent no-shows with children. Implications for practice are discussed.
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- Parent–Child Visits in Foster Care: Reaching Shared Goals and Expectations to Better Prepare Children and Parents for Visits
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Volume 30, Issue 3 , pp 237-255
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- Foster care
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- Parent–child visits
- Ambiguous loss
- Ande Nesmith (1)
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- 1. School of Social Work, University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Avenue, SCB 201, St. Paul, MN, 55105, USA