Date of Award

Spring 2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Advisor(s)

Anne Stewart

A. Renee Staton

Lennis Echterling

Abstract

This review considers the reasons for the disconnect between what has been identified as best practice and what is routinely practiced regarding services to biological parents of children in foster care. As well it synthesizes the current data regarding what practices are most effective in working with biological parents of children in foster care in achieving the goal of family reunification to create a curriculum for parents of children in foster care who are working to achieve reunification. It also synthesizes current data regarding best practices and presents a curriculum for parents of children in foster care who are working to achieve reunification. This curriculum emphasizes creating a relationship of respect and an environment of team effort when working with parents who are seeking reunification. Allowing the parents to have a space where their difficulties are acknowledged and their strengths embraced is of utmost importance in this approach.

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