Knowledge Centre

Here are a list of books that are recommended by our staff for foster carers, children and young people. These books provide advice and guidance of how to handle certain situations and give a realistic insight into what fostering is like for carers and children. Books for Carers Why Can't My Child Behave? Empathic Parenting Strategies that Work for Adoptive and Foster Families by Dr Amber Elliott This is a very useful tool in understanding the concept of Therapeutic parenting, and why children may not be responding to particular behaviour management strategies. In our Dartford office the social workers refer to this book...

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You may have heard of the condition “Empty Nest Syndrome” which can affect parents (or guardians) whose children are at the age where they have grown up and are ready to “leave the nest”. This might be when they first move into their own home or when taking the step into higher education, leaving for college or university. It can be a difficult time, a challenging combination of pride seeing your children becoming independent - paving their own way, and worry that you will miss the closeness you once had, the quietness of the house or what you will do...

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You’ve heard of the butterfly effect where small actions can have a huge impact on a complex system. The experts refer to the effect as being non-linear. That is, there does not appear to be a direct link from the small action to the larger result. Nevertheless, the small action does set off a ripple that can change the world. What does this have to do with parent and child fostering? Everything. The larger world is composed of all the small things we do in our day-to-day lives. Let’s consider the effort that the United Nations make to bring together...

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