This volume brings together a selection of the most influential and informative English language refereed journal articles on children in out-of-home care, their birth relatives and carers. The articles, which include empirical research and critiques of policy and practice, are mainly from the UK and USA, but include some coverage of child placement policy and practice in Australia and mainland Europe. The volume starts with a joint introductory chapter by the two distinguished authors (one American, one British) reviewing the state of knowledge on children in care and drawing attention to other important sources not included as chapters.

part |2 pages

Part I: History, Values and Context

part |2 pages

Part II: Foster Family Care (with Kin and Outside the Family of Origin)

chapter |16 pages

Short-term and Task-centered Foster Care

chapter |22 pages

Kinship Foster Care

chapter |80 pages

'Care and Upbringing' in Foster Families

chapter |40 pages

Managing the Family Foster Care Service

part |2 pages

Part III: Residential Care

part |2 pages

Part IV: Routes Out of Care

chapter |90 pages


chapter |14 pages


chapter |58 pages

Aging Out

part |2 pages

Part V: Outcome Studies Including Different Placement Choices