Screening applicants for adoption or foster homes has life-altering consequences for the children involved, yet there are incredibly few programs available to train screeners. The educational system that certifies thousands of social workers each year does not understand the specialized training required to screen adoptive and foster parents; social work schools provide minimal interview training and what training they do provide focuses on therapeutic interview techniques rather than screening skills. There is a clear need for a book like Adoptive and Foster Parent Screening, one that can be incorporated into course requirements and used by working social workers and psychologists involved with adoption and foster parent screening.

Adoptive and Foster Parent Screening, written by a former social worker, who has placed hundreds of children into adoptive and foster homes, and a clinical psychologist, meshes the best of psychology and social work experience into a definitive guide for screening adoption and foster home applicants. The book provides information on:

  • evaluating aberrant behavior and unhealthy parenting attitudes
  • interview techniques
  • psychological testing.

Adoptive and Foster Parent Screening is based on case histories, research data, and interpretive analysis. The book is written in an accessible style free of technical language, thus making it appropriate for college-level students and professionals who don't have time to sift through empirical data to obtain accessible information that they can adapt to their profession.

part |2 pages

Part I In Theory: Adoptive and Foster Parent Screening

part |2 pages

Part II In Practice: Adoptive and Foster Parent Screening

part |2 pages

Part III Psychological Assessment: A Means to Resolve Complicated Evaluation Issues

chapter 20|10 pages

Evaluating Mood and Anxiety Problems

chapter 21|12 pages

Ruling out Major Pathology

chapter 22|4 pages

Measuring Levels of Cognitive Function

chapter 23|8 pages

Identifying Personal and Family Confl icts

chapter 24|8 pages

Assessing Parenting Skills