2, No. 4
The painful effects of separation and loss are
experienced by children and their families, social workers, foster
parents, adoptive parents--everyone touched by child welfare social
In this issue of Practice Notes, we look
at these powerful forces. Our lead article defines separation and
attachment, presents ways to help a child deal with separation,
and outlines the grief process that separation so often initiates.
Later, we look at the dynamic between maternal
substance abuse and infant attachment. Finally, we explore the influence
grief has on foster parent retention. Why do some foster parents
grieve the end of a placement so much that they stop fostering?
What can you do to help them?