Digital copy of the Fostering Officer's Report on the present situation 1987 and future targets for 1988 by D J Castledine, Child Care Officer. [Some details redacted].

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September 30th 1987 - September 30th 1987

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Refers to increased number of short term foster placements consequent to the reduction of residential provision. Describes emphasis placed on finding long-term foster homes for young children in care, referring to response to a recruitment campaign in the Jersey Evening Post and subsequent registering of new foster parents. Refers to the number of registered foster parents and outlines three categories of children difficult to place: children with special needs, children in large families and teenagers. Refers to prioritisation of the training of foster parents, referring to courses available to prospective foster parents. Also refers to increased level of support given to foster parents and enhanced Boarding Out Allowance given to foster parents for more difficult placements. Outlines need to make a specific appeal to ascertain the availability of families to take larger groups, commenting on cost effectiveness of fostering compared to day minders and consideration of additional fostering benefits to support fostered children. Refers to the training of foster parents for more specialist tasks to be available in an emergency at any time to accept children with problems. Refers to the establishment of the post of Fostering Officer in 1982 and remarks about the system of recruitment, assessment and provision in respect of consistency and effectiveness, referring to targets for 1988.


Castledine, David
Children's Department
Children's Office
Jersey Evening Post


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