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Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope. Kevin Ryan & Tina Kelley, $19.95

ALMOST HOME tells the stories of six remarkable young people from across the United States and Canada as they confront life alone on the streets. Each eventually finds his or her way to Covenant House, the largest charity serving homeless and runaway youth in North America. Their stories veer between devastating and inspiring as they each struggle to find a place called home. Inviting us to get to know homeless teens as more than an accumulation of statistics and societal issues, this book gives a human face to a huge but largely invisible problem and offers practical insights into how to prevent homelessness and help homeless youth move to a hopeful future.


Ask Me Why I Hurt: the Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them. Randy Christensen, $18.00

ASK ME WHY I HURT is the touching and revealing first-person account of the remarkable work of Dr. Randy Christensen. Trained as a pediatrician, he works not in a typical hospital setting but, rather, in a 38-foot Winnebago that has been refitted as a doctor’s office on wheels. His patients are the city’s homeless adolescents and children. 

Dr. Christensen cares for society's throwaway kids — the often-abused, unloved children who live on the streets without access to proper health care, all the while fending off constant threats from thugs, gangs, pimps, and other predators. With the Winnebago as his moveable medical center, Christensen and his team travel around the outskirts of Phoenix, attending to the children and teens who need him most. With tenderness and humor, ASK ME WHY I HURT chronicles everything from the struggles of the van’s early beginnings, to the support system it became for the kids, and the ultimate recognition it has achieved over the years.


Assessing Adoptive Parents, Foster Carers and Kinship Carers: Improving Analysis and Understanding Parenting Capacity. Joanne Alper & David Howe, Editors, $45.95

Assessing prospective adoptive parents, foster carers, kinship carers and special guardians is an extremely complex task, and one that happens within a pressurized time frame. Currently, assessments draw substantially on interviews, which can generate a lot of information but little analysis to enable professionals to establish a meaningful understanding of parenting capacity. Children with histories of trauma, loss and hurt need to join families in which parents exhibit the ability to be good at relationships, are able to manage their own stress and bond with the child in their care. Now fully updated and expanded to cover the assessment of kinship carers and special guardians, this book combines the latest findings from neuroscience with research on what makes good assessments and provides guidance and tools for making thorough, analytical and effective assessments.

With contributions from leading experts including Dan Hughes, Jonathan Baylin, Kim Golding and Julie Selwyn, it will provide you with the information you need to ensure the best possible chance of placement success.

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The Best Interests of Children: an Evidence-Based Approach. Paul Millar, $27.95

The best interest of the child is an overriding principle in all matters of family law, especially in child custody cases. The Best Interests of Children links social theory with survey data to establish much-needed parameters for determining a child's best interest. It provides important criteria for determining the best interest of the child and concludes that the role of law in the lives of children must be to preserve their connections with those that love them.


Child Development for Child Care and Protection Workers, 2nd Edition. Brigid Daniel, Sally Wassell & Robbie Gilligan, $39.95

Child Development for Child Care and Protection Workers summarizes important current thinking on child development and applies it directly to practice. The book covers key issues such as resilience and vulnerability and the impact of protective or adverse environments. Different stages of development (infancy, school age and adolescence) are discussed, and attachment theory is used to offer insights into the impact of abuse and neglect on development. This book encourages practitioners to consider each child as an individual with unique circumstances, and links theory and practice in an imaginative and sympathetic way.


Child Poverty and the Canadian Welfare State: from Entitlement to Charity. Shereen Ismael, $34.95

Child Poverty and the Canadian Welfare State examines at the scope of child poverty in Canada and looks to understand the changes in social policy and culture that have normalized the existence of child poverty in a wealthy society like Canada.

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Child Protection In the Early Years: a Practical Guide. Eunice Lumsden, $27.95

This accessible guide shows early years professionals how to create safe, supportive environments for young children who have encountered adverse childhood experiences. Explaining the impact of trauma on young brains, it gives practical instructions on how to recognise and respond to abuse. These instructions are supported by exercises, case studies, and reflection points that help you identify and improve your methods. Current legislation, policy and procedure are clarified in clear, concise language, providing you with everything you'll need to work with your team towards a happier, safer future for the children in your care.


Child Welfare: Connecting Research, Policy, and Practice. Kathleen Kufeldt, & Brad McKenzie, editors, $54.99

In 1994 a group of researchers and decision makers met to discuss the state of child welfare. Also present were a few practitioners and two youth in care. Six years later, when they met again, the number of practitioners and youth had grown considerably and were joined by a strong contingent of foster parents. Thus the findings and insights presented were affirmed or challenged by those most affected — those on the front line. It was an exciting event, worth capturing in book form. Kathleen Kufeldt and Brad McKenzie have gathered the papers presented at the 2000 Symposium … An analysis and synthesis of the work informs … while an eight-point research agenda developed in an earlier symposium is used to assess developments to date and provide guidance for the future. The richness of the information will interest all helping professionals, researchers, and students.


Child-Centred Foster Care: a Rights-Based Model for Practice. Annabel Goodyer, $33.95

This book sets out a child-centred approach to foster care which argues against thinking about children purely from a psychological perspective and instead places children's views, rights and needs at the centre of care. It sets out the theory behind working in partnership with children who are fostered, and discusses children's views about fostering systems and living with foster carers. The book then outlines how to put the theory into practice, offering models, processes and best practice examples. Practical advice is given on establishing effective communication and good working relationships between practitioners, carers and foster children.

This insightful book aims to promote better services and outcomes for fostered children, and will be essential reading for social work practitioners and students.


Child-Centered Practices for the Courtroom & Community:  a Guide to Working Effectively With Young Children and Their Families in the Child Welfare System. Lynne Katz, Cindy Lederman & Joy Osofsky, $38.50

How can early childhood professionals provide the best possible services and supports to families in the child welfare system? This guidebook has the practical, real-world answers professionals need as they navigate the complex system, work with the courts, and plan interventions and treatment for the most vulnerable young children and families.

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A Child’s Journey Through Placement. Vera Fahlberg, $33.95

Children who are cared for in an out-of-home placement are in need of support and stability. This classic text offers information and advice for professionals and carers on how to help these children, who will often have attachment difficulties.

Vera Fahlberg shares her experience and expertise, outlining the significance of attachment and separation, the developmental stages specific to adoptive children and providing guidance on minimizing the trauma of moves. The book also features practical advice on case planning, managing behavior and direct work with children, and throughout are case studies and exercises which provide opportunities for further learning.

A readable, compassionate and practical text, A CHILD'S JOURNEY THROUGH PLACEMENT provides the foundation, the resources, and the tools to help students, professionals, parents and others who care to support children on their journey through placement to adulthood.


Communication Skills for Working with Children and Young People: Introducing Social Pedagogy. Pat Petrie, $25.95

For those working with children, effective communication is a crucial part of building relationships and encouraging children's emotional and intellectual development. This practical guide covers non-verbal communication, attentive listening, empathy, the part played by questions, working constructively with conflict and criticism, and communicating in groups. It also draws on the innovative ideas found in social pedagogic theory and practice, such as communicating with your head, hands and heart and how to differentiate between the personal, the professional and the private in your interactions. The book contains exercises, topics for personal reflection or group discussion, and suggestions for observations.

This will be an excellent source of advice and ideas for all those in the children's workforce including ECE professionals, teachers, social workers, counsellors and practitioners working with children in care, including foster carers.


Comprehensive, Competence-Based Parenting Assessment for Parents with Learning Difficulties and Their Children. Maurice Feldman & Marjorie Aunos, $49.95

This book presents an innovative, empirically-supported approach to assessing parenting capacity of parents with learning difficulties that can lead to more humane, fair and accurate child custody decisions.  The authors are leading researchers and practitioners in this field having worked with hundred of these families.  Many professionals working with these families recognize that the current parenting capacity assessment approaches are based on outdated and invalid assumptions and methods.  This book addresses the unique assessment needs of these families and includes detailed background information, rationales and methods. Key topics include:

  • Parenting Interactional Model
  • Comprehensive Competence-based Assessment
  • Designing Parenting Capacity Assessments Based on Parenting Interaction Model
  • Court Testimony, Family Support Plans & Conclusions
  • Appendices
  • References

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Creating Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare: Congruence with the Everyday Lives of Children and Parents. Edited by Gary Cameron, Marshall Fine, Sarah Maiter, Karen Frensch & Nancy Freymond, $35.95

The North American approach to child protection is broadly accepted, despite frequent criticisms of its core limitations: parental fear and resistance, the limited range of services and supports available to families, escalating costs, and high stress and turnover among service providers. Could these shortcomings be improved through organizational or system reform?

Based on findings from a decade’s worth of research, Creating Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare provides original reflections on the everyday realities of families and front-line service providers involved with the system. It includes data from a variety of regions and situations, all linked together through a common investigatory framework. The contributors highlight areas of concern in current approaches to child and family welfare, but also propose new solutions that would make the system more welcoming and helpful both for families and for service providers.


Creating Stable Foster Placements: Learning from Foster Children and the Families Who Care for Them. Andy Pithouse & Alyson Rees, $40.95

Andy Pithouse and Alyson Rees use original research to identify key ingredients needed to help create successful foster placements and help prevent placement breakdown. Studying the lives and activities of 10 foster families who provide lasting and effective care, the authors explore the families' everyday worlds. They look at the negotiations, activities, settings, meanings, rituals and relationships which help to create their successful placements. The authors identify the main components which, according to the carers and the children, contribute to acceptance, belonging and stability in the family. The book examines the emotional and practical work involved in caring, and explores how it is received and reciprocated by fostered young people.

With important insights into child and carer perspectives on fostering, this book is a source of invaluable information for foster carers, children's service professionals, and trainees and care staff who may be engaged with children who are looked after.

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Deviant Peer Influences in Programs for Youth: Problems and Solutions. Edited by Kenneth Dodge, Thomas Dishion & Jennifer Lansford, $44.95

Most interventions for at-risk youth are group based. Yet, research indicates that young people often learn to become deviant by interacting with deviant peers. In this important volume, leading intervention and prevention experts from psychology, education, criminology, and related fields analyze how, and to what extent, programs that aggregate deviant youth actually promote problem behavior. A wealth of evidence is reviewed on deviant peer influences in such settings as therapy groups, alternative schools, boot camps, group homes, and juvenile justice facilities. Specific suggestions are offered for improving existing services, and promising alternative approaches are explored.


Educating Children and Young People in Care: Learning Placements and Caring Schools. Claire Cameron, Graham Connelly & Sonia Jackson, $44.95

Children and young people in care rarely match the academic achievements of their peers and policy and procedures to address this inequality have not yet remedied the problem. 

Drawing on ideas from social pedagogy, the authors present a new approach - learning placements and caring schools. They show that education and care must be considered integral to both out of home placements and schools. Packed with practice examples, it includes chapters on early childhood education and care, as well as alternatives to school and higher education, covering everything from birth up to the age of 25. It highlights the potential benefits of a range of learning opportunities, from drama and outdoor activities, to bedtime stories and mentoring as well as providing support for teachers in their role as carer. This is a unique evidence-informed practical guide for students and professionals in the fields of social work, social care, psychology and education.


Empathic Care for Children with Disorganized Attachments: a Model for Mentalizing, Attachment and Trauma-Informed Care. Chris Taylor, $33.95

Disorganized attachment is the most extreme form of insecure attachment. Synthesizing attachment, trauma and mentalization theory into a useful practice model, EMPATHIC CARE FOR CHILDREN WITH DISORGANIZED ATTACHMENTS proposes ways of meeting the needs arising in children and young people with disorganized attachments. Focusing on the importance of interpersonal bonds to facilitate the child's capacity to mentalize, it aims to equip the reader with the appropriate skills to provide effective, sustained and, most importantly, empathic care to the most vulnerable and troubled children. This useful guide will be invaluable to health and social care professionals including residential carers, therapists, counsellors, and those working with vulnerable and troubled children and young people including those supporting foster and adoptive families.

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Facilitating Meaningful Contact in Adoption and Fostering: a Trauma-Informed Approach to Planning, Assessing and Good Practice. Louis Sydney & Elsie Price, $39.95

Most children who are fostered or adopted have some level of contact with their birth family, whether face-to-face or by letter,  yet most of the time the psychological impact of contact on the child isn't considered. This book explores what attachment, neuroscience and trauma tell us about how contact affects children, and shows how poorly executed contact can be unhelpful or even harmful to the child. Assessment frameworks are provided which take the child's developmental needs into account. The authors also outline a model for managing and planning contact to make it more purposeful and increase its potential for therapeutic benefit. The book covers the challenges presented by the Internet for managing contact, unique issues for children in kinship care, problems that arise when adoptive parents separate and many other key issues for practice.

Brimming with practical advice and creative solutions, this is an indispensable tool for social workers, contact centre workers, and other professionals involved in contact arrangements or the therapeutic support of fostered and adopted children.


Family-Based Prevention Programs for Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Large-Scale Dissemination. Edited by Mark Van Ryzin, Karol Kumpfer, Gregory Fosco & Mark Greenberg, $69.90

In addition to introducing readers to the field of family-based prevention science, this text highlights the distinctive contributions of a set of exemplary programs in terms of their foundational theory, design, delivery mechanisms, performance, and unique opportunities for future research. It is organized into three sections to orient readers to: the existence of different types of family-based programs targeting families with children of different ages; the strategies and challenges that arise when attempting large-scale dissemination of prevention programs; and, the emerging innovations that promise to push the field forward into uncharted territories.

Contributors review the state of the research and then provide a summary of their own program, including research and dissemination efforts. They also discuss take-home lessons for practitioners and policymakers, and provide their view of the future of program development and research in their area. This book is a must-have primary resource for graduate students in developmental or clinical psychology, counseling, family sciences, social work, or health policy, and an essential guide for practitioners and policymakers in the field of family-based prevention, family service delivery, or public health.


Giving Children a Voice: a Step-by-Step Guide to Promoting Child-Centered Practice. Sam Frankel, $25.95

How do you ensure that children's voices and ideas are heard and valued in relation to the settings that form part of their everyday lives?

Presenting an easy to adopt step-by-step framework, this book argues in favour of children's potential to advocate for themselves, in contrast to the current model in which adults take full control and advocate on the child's behalf. By honouring and harnessing the involvement and contributions of children, social workers and education professionals will be able to improve their daily practice and positively transform key spaces within society to create environments where children experience a sense of belonging and purpose, full of potential benefits for both adults and children. Practical at its core, the book has wide applications, from examining the place of children in legal matters, such as divorce, through to the child's engagement in decisions about their education. International case studies reveal how the model works in practice and encourages children's voices and their participation.

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Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications, 3rd Edition. Edited by Jude Cassidy & Phillip Shaver, $82.95

Widely regarded as the state-of-the-science reference on attachment, this handbook interweaves theory and cutting-edge research with clinical applications. Leading researchers examine the origins and development of attachment theory; present biological and evolutionary perspectives; and explore the role of attachment processes in relationships, including both parent-child and adult romantic bonds. Implications for mental health and psychotherapy are addressed, with reviews of exemplary attachment-oriented interventions for children and adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Contributors discuss best practices in assessment and critically evaluate available instruments and protocols. New to This Edition:

  • Chapters on genetics and epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology, and sexual mating
  • Chapters on compassion, school readiness, and the caregiving system across the lifespan
  • Chapter probing the relation between attachment and other developmental influences
  • Nearly a decade's worth of theoretical and empirical advances

Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Trust & Love. Michael Orlans & Terry Levy, $47.95

Attachment is the deep connection that children and parents/caregivers establish early in life. This connection is basic to every aspect of a child’s emotional, social and cognitive development. Healing Parents is a toolbox filled with practical strategies and research that help parents and caregivers understand their child, learn to respond in a constructive way, and create a healthy environment. Readers will learn to develop their child’s positive beliefs and establish trust by emphasizing respect, providing appropriate limits, consistent structure, and being a positive role model.

Michael Orlans and Terry Levy, authors of the best-selling Attachment, Trauma and Healing (1998), have created a guide designed to provide the information, tools, support, self-awareness and hope needed to help a wounded child heal emotional wounds and improve behaviorally, socially, and morally.


Helping Vulnerable Children and Adolescents to Stay Safe: Creative Ideas and Activities for Building Protective Behaviours. Katie Wrench, $26.95

Helping vulnerable children and young people to build protective behaviours is the key to keeping them safe. Full of creative ideas and activities, this guide provides the tools to help children develop these key skills. Topics include work around: building resilience and problem solving skills; identifying a 'safety network'; developing emotional literacy; awareness of grooming strategies and safe/unsafe touch; and cyber safety. The range of tried and tested techniques will be sure to engage any child in thinking about their personal safety, allowing adult carers to have confidence that their child will be empowered to better identify and avoid harmful situations and behaviours. Practical and easy to use, this is a valuable resource for professionals working with vulnerable children and young people, such as adopted or fostered children and those in residential care, as well as the parents and carers of these children.

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The Hope-Filled Parent: Meditations for Foster and Adoptive Parents of Children Who Have Been Harmed. Michael Trout, $20.95 CD format

This series of meditations is designed to help foster and adoptive parents maintain calm, focus and strength during the most challenging moments of life with a challenging child.


Inside Kinship Care: Understanding Family Dynamics and Providing Effective Support. Edited by David Pitcher, $40.95

Kinship care — the care of children by grandparents, other relatives or friends — is a major part of foster care, yet there are distinct issues that arise in care involving family rather than 'stranger' foster carers.

This book takes an in-depth look at what goes on 'inside' kinship care. It explores the dynamics and relationships between family members that are involved in kinship care, including mothers, grandparents, siblings and the wider family. Chapters also discuss issues such as safeguarding, assessment, therapy, encouraging permanence, placement breakdown, support groups, and cultural issues. The final part of the book looks at kinship care from an international perspective, with examples from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the United States.

Drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives and with contributions from different branches of kinship care, this book provides an invaluable overview of the issues involved and how to provide effective support. It will be essential reading for all those working in the kinship care field, including social workers, therapists, counsellors, psychologists and family lawyers.


A Legal History of Adoption in Ontario, 1921-2015. Lori Chambers, $27.95

Lori Chambers’ fascinating study explores the legal history of adoption in Ontario since the passage of the first statute in 1921. This volume explores a wide range of themes and issues in the history of adoption including: the reasons for the creation of statutory adoption, the increasing voice of unmarried fathers in newborn adoption, the reasons for movement away from secrecy in adoption, the evolution of step-parent adoption, the adoption of Indigenous children, and the growth of international adoption.

Unlike other works on adoption, Chambers focuses explicitly on statutes, statutory debates and the interpretation of statues in court. In doing so, she concludes that adoption is an inadequate response to child welfare and on its own cannot solve problems regarding child neglect and abuse. Rather, Chambers argues that in order to reform the area of adoption we must first acknowledge that it is built upon social inequalities within and between nations.

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Looking After Children. Raymond Lemay & Hayat Ghazal, $25.00

Looking After Children is an assessment and planning approach for children and youth in out of home care, first developed in the UK, and since 1997 adapted and used increasingly in Canada, particularly in Ontario. The approach is developmental and strengths based. The Assessment and Action Record (AAR), the core clinical tool, provides the basis for an in-depth assessment interview which then leads to a comprehensive care plan. The AAR is computerized and provides the possibility of data aggregation, and the recent revision allows for comparability among Canadian children as assessed by the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth. This practitioner's guide includes training material that will help practitioners understand and put the LAC approach and tools to effective use.


Magic Weapons: Aboriginal Writers Remaking Community after Residential School. Sam McKegney, $28.95

The legacy of the residential school system ripples throughout Native Canada, its fingerprints on the domestic violence, poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide rates that continue in many Native communities. Magic Weapons is the first major survey of Indigenous writings in response to the residential school system, and … examines the ways in which Indigenous survivors of residential school mobilize narrative in their struggles for personal and communal empowerment in the shadow of attempted cultural genocide. Editor Sam McKegney argues that Indigenous life writings are culturally generative in ways that go beyond disclosure and recompense, re-envisioning what it means to live and write as Indigenous individuals in post-residential-school Canada.


Moving Toward Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare: Current Issues and Future Directions. Gary Cameron, Nick Coady and Gerald Adams, editors. $38.95

Faced with rapidly changing social and economic conditions, service professionals, policy developers, and researchers have raised significant concerns about the Canadian child welfare system. This book draws inspiration from experiences with three broad, international child welfare paradigms—child protection, family service, and community healing/caring (First Nations)—to look at how specific practices in other countries, as well as alternative experiments in Canada, might foster positive innovations in the Canadian child welfare approach.


New Families, Old Scripts: a Guide to the Language of Trauma and Attachment in Adoptive Families. Caroline Archer & Caroline Gordon, $33.95

Most adopted children and their families will, sooner or later, encounter the challenges of dealing with unresolved attachment issues or early traumatic experiences. New Families, Old Scripts is an accessible introduction to understanding these challenges and helping children and their families to develop a shared language and understanding of one another … The accessible combination of theoretical approaches and practical advice makes New Families, Old Scripts an ideal resource for social workers and adoptive or foster parents.

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Parents Who Misuse Drugs and Alcohol: Effective Interventions in Social Work and Child Protection. Donald Forrester & Judith Harwin, $64.95

This insightful book presents original research outlining the key elements in responding to parental misuse of drugs and alcohol:

  • Offers a definition of “misuse” and “addiction” and the factors that influence the nature of misuse or addiction
  • Reviews extensively the nature and impact of parental substance misuse on children and families using the latest evidence
  • Explores how research and theories might help inform professionals or non-professionals assessing families affected by parents who misuse drugs or alcohol
  • Provides an in-depth discussion of Motivational Interviewing, including a critical discussion of the challenges and limitations involved in using it in child and family settings
  • Considers the wider implications of the findings for practice and policy and argues that these responses can be used across the field of work with vulnerable children and their families

Promoting Resilience in Child Welfare. Robert Flynn, Peter Dudding & James Barber, editors, $40.00

Since the beginnings of its development in Britain in 1987, the Looking After Children (LAC) initiative has had a profound influence in Canada — as well as in Australia and across Europe — in sharpening the developmental focus and improving the quality of services for children and adolescents who, because of abuse, neglect, extreme poverty, or other circumstances, live in out-of-home care. With its emphasis on high expectations, positive substitute parenting, and good short-term and long-term outcomes, LAC has been an important vehicle for promoting resilience (i.e., positive outcomes in spite of serious threats to development) in child welfare, one that will remain a beneficial influence in Canada and internationally for many years to come. Promoting Resilience in Child Welfare presents reviews of research, new empirical findings, and useful practice and policy suggestions derived from the perspectives of LAC and resilience theory by an array of international voices.


A Question of Commitment: Children’s Rights in Canada. R. Brian Howe & Katherine Covell, editors, $48.99

In 1991, the Government of Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, requiring governments at all levels to ensure that Canadian laws and practices safeguard the rights of children. A Question of Commitment: Children’s Rights in Canada (2007) is the first book to assess the extent to which Canada has fulfilled this commitment. Contributors explore child poverty, child care, corporal punishment, sexual exploitation, youth justice and the participation rights of children. They also examine the situation of special populations – Aboriginal children, children and youth in care, the homeless, refugee children and children with disabilities.

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Residential Care of Children: Comparative Perspectives. Editors, Mark Courtney & Dorota Iwaniec, $49.95

Residential Care of Children provides a rich description of the development, current status, and future of residential care internationally. Chapters describe how residential care is defined in the country in question, how it has evolved over time, including its history, trends over time, and any "landmark" events in the history of residential care. Authors examine factors that have contributed to the observed pattern of development of residential care and provide a description of the current state of residential care.

Lastly, each case study describes expected future directions for residential care and potential concerns. Two integrative chapters provide a critical cross-national perspective, identifying common themes, analyzing underlying factors, and speculating about the future of residential child care across the globe.


Residential Interventions for Children, Adolescents, and Families: a Best Practice Guide. Gary Blau, Beth Caldwell & Robert Lieberman, $58.95

Now more than ever there is a need to ensure that best practices are being used in residential programs. As the focus on costs and outcomes increase, residential programs must clearly demonstrate that the interventions provided are efficient and effective. Readers will learn how to:

  • Create strength-based, empowering and healing environments
  • Better engage and partner with children, adolescents and families, in meaningful ways
  • Support those who have experienced trauma and loss, and to prevent and eliminate the use of restraint and seclusion
  • Respect and include cultural indices in practices
  • Train, mentor, supervise, support and empower staff about how to deliver promising and best practices, and evidence-informed and evidence-based interventions
  • Track long-term outcomes, and create funding strategies to better support sustained positive outcomes

This book encourages readers to think strategically about how agencies, communities and systems can identify and implement actions that lead to positive change and how to work more collaboratively to improve the lives of children and adolescents who have experienced emotional and behavioral life challenges and their families.

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Safeguarding Babies and Very Young Children from Abuse and Neglect. Harriet Ward, Rebecca Brown & David Westlake, $40.95

Safeguarding babies and very young children is a highly complex process, involving difficult decisions surrounding their needs, care, and whether they need to be separated from their families. This book, based on a research study which followed babies who were identified as likely to suffer significant harm before they were three years old, explores key issues surrounding the safeguarding process. These include how the decision whether to remove children from their families are made, whether social work interventions work and the impact they have on children's life pathways. It also examines the role various participants, including parents, have in decision-making. The findings of the study show a close link between decisions, maltreatment and children's developmental problems, and provide key implications and recommendations for policy and practice.


Safeguarding Children: a Shared Responsibility. Hedy Cleaver, Pat Cawson, Sarah Gorin & Steve Walker, Editors, $66.95

Safeguarding Children represents a multi-professional approach to safeguarding children. Written for social workers and related professionals, it is also a valuable addition to training programs. The book focuses on the methods of identifying children at risk and details what happens at each stage of the social work process.


Shattered Lives: Children Who Live with Courage and Dignity. Camila Batmanghelidjh, $20.95

Shattered Lives bears witness to the lives of children who have experienced abuse and neglect, and highlights the effects of early traumatic episodes. Chapters take the form of letters to a child capturing their life experiences, hugely impacted by sexual abuse, parental substance misuse and loss, leading to feelings of shame, rejection and worthlessness. Batmanghelidjh offers understanding for those baffled by these hard-to-reach children and warns against stigmatizing them for their problem behaviour. In her critique of existing structures, she exposes the plight of children who are overlooked by the authorities and denounces those who value bureaucracy over the welfare of the individual child. Society’s failure to acknowledge the truth of their experiences and act to change the environment in which such mistreatment can flourish is, she strongly argues, leading to the death of childhood. The book is a clarion call for change.

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Still a Family. Brenda Reeves-Sturgis, illustrated by Jo-Shim Lee, $22.99 (ages 4-8)

A little girl and her parents have lost their home and must live in a homeless shelter. Even worse, due to a common shelter policy, her dad must live in a men’s shelter, separated from her and her mom. Despite these circumstances, the family still finds time to be together. They meet at the park to play hide-and-seek, slide on slides, and pet puppies. While the young girl wishes for better days when her family is together again under a roof of their very own, she continues to remind herself that they’re still a family even in times of separation.


Taking Responsibility for Children. Samantha Brennan & Robert Noggle, editors, $42.99

What do we as a society and as parents in particular, owe to our children? Each chapter in Taking Responsibility for Children offers part of an answer to that question. Although they vary in the approaches they take and the conclusions they draw, each contributor explores some aspect of the moral obligations owed to children by their caregivers. Some focus primarily on the responsibilities of parents, while others focus on the responsibilities of society and government.


Team Parenting for Children in Foster Care: a Model for Integrated Therapeutic Care. Jeanette Caw & Judy Sebba, $43.95

How can professionals work together with foster carers to create stable and therapeutic foster placements? TEAM PARENTING FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE describes a unique model of supporting children in care which involves foster carers and professionals working together in the best interests of the child. This book lays out the key principles of Team Parenting — to meet the needs of troubled young people in an integrated way and incorporate therapy within a wider team of social workers, therapists, psychologists and foster carers — as well as the theory behind it and interventions used. It details how the approach contributes to the recovery of looked after children and each chapter includes examples that illustrates how Team Parenting works in practice.

TEAM PARENTING FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE includes ideas for systems and individual practice that will inform and improve foster carers' and professionals' work in any setting.

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Thinking Psychologically about Children Who Are Looked After and Adopted: Space for Reflection. Kim Golding, Helen Dent, Ruth Nissim & Liz Stott, editors, $89.99

Assessment, intervention and living with children who are looked after or adopted all require an understanding of psychology and its application. Informed by research, practice and psychological theory, this volume provides an overview of the area and considers the context for helping children change and develop. It goes on to describe in detail the techniques and approaches used by clinicians, and explains how interventions can be developed and adapted for children and young people living in residential, foster and adoptive care. With its multi-disciplinary approach, Thinking Psychologically About Children Who Are Looked After and Adopted will appeal to all professionals involved in the care and education of placed children. It will also be of interest to policy makers and lecturers and students of social work.


To the End of June: the Intimate Life of American Foster Care. Cris Beam, $37.00

Who are the children of foster care? What, as a country, do we owe them? Cris Beam, a foster mother herself, spent five years immersed in the world of foster care, looking into these questions and tracing firsthand stories. The result is TO THE END OF JUNE, an unforgettable portrait that takes us deep inside the lives of foster children at the critical points in their search for a stable, loving family. TO THE END OF JUNE is an argument for humanizing and challenging a broken system, while at the same time it is a tribute to resiliency and offers hope for real change.


Understanding and Working with Parents of Children in Long-Term Foster Care. Gillian Schofield & Emma Ward, $40.95

For children growing up in foster care, the role of their birth parents is an important factor in the success of their long-term placements. Understanding the experiences of parents is essential in developing effective practice with parents that can also ensure the best possible outcomes for children.

Drawing on detailed interviews with parents, the book takes a chronological approach, starting with their accounts of family life before their children were taken into care. It goes on to explore their experiences of court and then how they seek to come to terms with their loss, sustain an identity as a parent and manage a relationship with their children. Parents' views on what they find valuable and helpful in relationships with foster carers and social workers are also discussed. The book then draws on the views of social workers on the opportunities and challenges of supporting parents, while also remaining child-focused. The authors set out a model of good practice, based on the lessons learned from the experiences of these parents and social workers.

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Working with Children and Adolescents in Residential Care: a Strengths-Based Approach. Bob Bertolino, $67.50

Working with Children and Adolescents in Residential Care is written for professionals who work with children and youth in out of home placements, be they social services workers, child welfare or family court workers, educators, or mental health professionals in general. Author Bob Bertolino offers an approach that professionals can use to positively impact the lives of young people in residential facilities. The book emphasizes the strengths and abilities of young people from the assessment phase of treatment through discharge, and helps readers to take into account the views and actions of youth in order to provide clients appropriate services. This new volume includes sections on principles of effective youth care work, personal philosophy, positive youth development, teamwork, staffings, and crisis management.


Working with Traumatized Youth in Child Welfare. Nancy Boyd Webb, editor, $48.50

Until recently, there has not been a great deal of overlap in the child welfare and trauma literatures. This text bridges that divide by integrating perspectives from both fields to help practitioners understand and address the special needs of maltreated children and adolescents and their families... Featuring extensive case illustrations, the book gives particular attention to diversity issues and the importance of supporting child and family strengths.

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Complete Booklist

Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope. Kevin Ryan & Tina Kelley, $19.95

Ask Me Why I Hurt: the Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them. Randy Christensen, $18.00

Assessing Adoptive Parents, Foster Carers and Kinship Carers: Improving Analysis and Understanding Parenting Capacity. Joanne Alper & David Howe, Editors, $45.95

The Best Interests of Children: an Evidence-Based Approach. Paul Millar, $27.95

Child Development for Child Care and Protection Workers, 2nd Edition. Brigid Daniel, Sally Wassell & Robbie Gilligan, $39.95

Child Poverty and the Canadian Welfare State: from Entitlement to Charity. Shereen Ismael, $34.95

Child Protection In the Early Years: a Practical Guide. Eunice Lumsden, $27.95

Child Welfare: Connecting Research, Policy, and Practice. Kathleen Kufeldt, & Brad McKenzie, editors, $54.99

Child-Centred Foster Care: a Rights-Based Model for Practice. Annabel Goodyer, $33.95

Child-Centered Practices for the Courtroom & Community:  a Guide to Working Effectively With Young Children and Their Families in the Child Welfare System. Lynne Katz, Cindy Lederman & Joy Osofsky, $38.50

A Child’s Journey Through Placement. Vera Fahlberg, $33.95

Communication Skills for Working with Children and Young People: Introducing Social Pedagogy. Pat Petrie, $25.95

Comprehensive, Competence-Based Parenting Assessment for Parents with Learning Difficulties and Their Children. Maurice Feldman & Marjorie Aunos, $49.95

Creating Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare: Congruence with the Everyday Lives of Children and Parents. Edited by Gary Cameron, Marshall Fine, Sarah Maiter, Karen Frensch & Nancy Freymond, $35.95

Creating Stable Foster Placements: Learning from Foster Children and the Families Who Care for Them. Andy Pithouse & Alyson Rees, $40.95

Deviant Peer Influences in Programs for Youth: Problems and Solutions. Edited by Kenneth Dodge, Thomas Dishion & Jennifer Lansford, $44.95

Educating Children and Young People in Care: Learning Placements and Caring Schools. Claire Cameron, Graham Connelly & Sonia Jackson, $44.95

Empathic Care for Children with Disorganized Attachments: a Model for Mentalizing, Attachment and Trauma-Informed Care. Chris Taylor, $33.95

Facilitating Meaningful Contact in Adoption and Fostering: a Trauma-Informed Approach to Planning, Assessing and Good Practice. Louis Sydney & Elsie Price, $39.95

Family-Based Prevention Programs for Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Large-Scale Dissemination. Edited by Mark Van Ryzin, Karol Kumpfer, Gregory Fosco & Mark Greenberg, $69.90

Giving Children a Voice: a Step-by-Step Guide to Promoting Child-Centered Practice. Sam Frankel, $25.95

Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications, 3rd Edition. Edited by Jude Cassidy & Phillip Shaver, $82.95

Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Trust & Love. Michael Orlans & Terry Levy, $47.95

Helping Vulnerable Children and Adolescents to Stay Safe: Creative Ideas and Activities for Building Protective Behaviours. Katie Wrench, $26.95

The Hope-Filled Parent: Meditations for Foster and Adoptive Parents of Children Who Have Been Harmed. Michael Trout, $20.95 CD format

Inside Kinship Care: Understanding Family Dynamics and Providing Effective Support. Edited by David Pitcher, $40.95

A Legal History of Adoption in Ontario, 1921-2015. Lori Chambers, $27.95

Looking After Children. Raymond Lemay & Hayat Ghazal, $25.00

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Moving Toward Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare: Current Issues and Future Directions. Gary Cameron, Nick Coady and Gerald Adams, editors. $35.95

New Families, Old Scripts: a Guide to the Language of Trauma and Attachment in Adoptive Families. Caroline Archer & Caroline Gordon, $33.95

Parents Who Misuse Drugs and Alcohol: Effective Interventions in Social Work and Child Protection. Donald Forrester & Judith Harwin, $64.95

Promoting Resilience in Child Welfare. Robert Flynn, Peter Dudding & James Barber, editors, $40.00

A Question of Commitment: Children’s Rights in Canada. R. Brian Howe & Katherine Covell, editors, $48.99

Residential Care of Children: Comparative Perspectives. Editors, Mark Courtney & Dorota Iwaniec, $49.95

Residential Interventions for Children, Adolescents, and Families: a Best Practice Guide. Gary Blau, Beth Caldwell & Robert Lieberman, $58.95

Safeguarding Babies and Very Young Children from Abuse and Neglect. Harriet Ward, Rebecca Brown & David Westlake, $40.95

Safeguarding Children: a Shared Responsibility. Hedy Cleaver, Pat Cawson, Sarah Gorin & Steve Walker, Editors, $66.95

Shattered Lives: Children Who Live with Courage and Dignity. Camila Batmanghelidjh, $20.95

Still a Family. Brenda Reeves-Sturgis, illustrated by Jo-Shim Lee, $22.99 (ages 4-8)

Taking Responsibility for Children. Samantha Brennan & Robert Noggle, editors, $42.99

Team Parenting for Children in Foster Care: a Model for Integrated Therapeutic Care. Jeanette Caw &  Judy Sebba, $43.95

Thinking Psychologically about Children Who Are Looked After and Adopted: Space for Reflection. Kim Golding, Helen Dent, Ruth Nissim & Liz Stott, editors, $89.99

To the End of June: the Intimate Life of American Foster Care. Cris Beam, $37.00

Understanding and Meeting the Nine Most Important Emotional Needs of Foster and Adopted Children. Bryan Post & Juli Alvarado, $25.95 DVD 40 minutes

Understanding and Working with Parents of Children in Long-Term Foster Care. Gillian Schofield & Emma Ward, $40.95

Working with Children and Adolescents in Residential Care: a Strengths-Based Approach. Bob Bertolino, $67.50

Working with Traumatized Youth in Child Welfare. Nancy Boyd Webb (ed), $48.50

See also: Adoption/Professional Resources

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