Community Care recently published an article in which Bev and Clive and their foster daughter Chrissy talk about what happened when a placement which had lasted 6 years broke down.
Despite both foster carers and child wanting to explore the possibilities for a return, the article examines some of the attitudes and actions of the Local Authority, even when Bev and Clive went to court seeking a Contact Order.
What is the purpose behind denying a child a healthy, supportive relationship which they want? It is well established that huge damage can be done to the child, and yet some social workers and local authorities persist in this outdated thinking that ‘stability’ is somehow promoted by cutting a child off from its past life. Why do we put so much importance on life-story work, if we easily dismiss the relationships themselves?