This booklet is a fact-filled resource for adoptive parents who have a child with trauma and attachment disruption experiences. Fraser provides tips and strategies that can be considered before placement as well as days, weeks, and months after your child joins your family. It addresses the day-to-day issues that new parents often get stuck on and provides info on the Four S's parenting plan that she shares with families (safety, structure, supervision and support).
- Understand how kids with trauma and attachment disruptions first require emotional safety
- Learn how providing structure will help your child connect with your family
- Discover the importance of providing engaging supervision
- Affirm that adoptive parents need support and learn how to help
Theresa Fraser and Alex Walton
Child Protection Services have been involved with Billy and his mother for some time now. He has been happily settled in a kinship placement with his grandmother and enjoys his pet cat, interacting with neighbors and even taking piano lessons. As the story unfolds, Billy's grandmother has unexpectedly passed away and so the story of Billy Had To Move begins. Unfortunately, Billy's mother cannot be located. Mr. Murphy, Billy's social worker, places him in the foster home of Amy, Tim, and their baby "Colly." Billy experiences great loss resulting not only from his grandmother's death, but also the loss of the life he knew. Billy's inner journey therefore has also begun and with the help of Ms. Woods, a Play Therapist, there is hope.
The book chapter describes the use of the Sandtray-Worldplay Method to:
• Establish a safe and open therapeutic environment
• Encourage parents to identify common values, hopes, and goals
• Identify how parents can support their child and each other in working toward specific family goals
• Set goals to be addressed in treatment
This book chapter describes the use of a memory quilt or pillow in therapy with the goal to:
• Gather information about the client's interests, feelings, and needs
• Increase open communication
• Allow the client to discuss positive experiences shared with significant caregivers
• Encourage the client to identify and verbally express the loss of significant past relationships with natural family members or with faster families
• Help the client to identify goals for current or future relationships
Ivan Brown, Ferzana Chaze, Don Fuchs, Jean Lafrance, Sharon McKay, and Shelley Thomas Prokop
The chapters in this book represent a selection of the many very fine presentations made at the Prairie Child Welfare Consortium's (PCWC) 3rd bi-annual Symposium, held in Edmonton, Alberta, November 23–25, 2005. The theme of that Symposium was Putting a Human Face on Child Welfare.
Sharon McKay's article "Development of the Prairie Child Welfare Consortium" at the beginning of this book provides a brief history of the beginnings of the PCWC, illustrating not only its practical, but more importantly the philosophical development. Readers will find that this philosophy informs a great deal of the writing in the 11 chapters of this book.
The chapters of Putting a Human Face on Child Welfare: Voices from the Prairies are presented in no particular order, and one is not more important than another. Each presents its unique perspective and represents somewhat different constituents. Collectively, the chapters of this book form a product that is one way of raising the voices of the Prairies, especially as it relates to the important challenges we face at the present time in child welfare.