Wigfall, Valerie and Reynolds, Jill and Monck, Elizabeth
The role of contact in concurrent planning cases: the experiences of birth parents and carers.
Adoption Quarterly, 9 (1).
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||The research evaluated the first three UK concurrent planning teams, which aimed to cut the number of placements before permanency. All the foster/adopt parents and nearly half the birth parents were interviewed before the judicial hearing that determined the child's final placement. In the months leading up to the court hearing the children were living with foster parents who had been cleared to adopt the child if it proved impossible to return the child to the birth family. The amount of contact between the birth parents or family and the child was set by the courts, and maintained at a high level. This was to enhance the existing attachment of child and birth family, so that if the child returned to them the relationship was intact. The foster/adopt parents undertook to support the rehabilitation of the child with her family. Inevitably this set up considerable tensions between the parties. This paper reported these relationships.
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