Child Abuse Review
In spite of the predominance of foster care in the looked after system, there has been only a limited amount of recent research in this area and few dedicated publications. This volume is therefore to be welcomed. Edited by two experienced child-care academics who are in close touch with practice, the approach is generally accessible and the chapters cover a good range of issues... This is an important and useful contribution to the foster care literature and will be consulted by students, practitioners and academics alike.
It is good to read a book that is about current practice issues that presents very complex situations in a clear, but not simplistic, manner. The book should be in every children and families team bookshelf and required reading for those working with all the partners in a fostering situation.
Children and Society
The eclectic flavour of the book ensures that there will be something of interest to foster carers, child care workers and policy makers as well as students and academics. ... This book is a useful reminder for those working in the field of many of the issues in foster care. It is also a sound background book for students or academics new to this area of work.
British Journal of Social Work
[It] make[s] valuable contributions to the debates surrounding fostering policy and practice as well as to the evidence base of foster care. … Personally my favourite contribution was the chapter by Gilligan on promoting resilience in children in foster care. I found this chapter theoretically and practically particularly valuable. It was moving in its focus on maximising the potential for survival in children by the building on protective factors. The chapter will be of benefit for carers as well as practitioners and is written in a humane and accessible fashion.