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What is the attachment bond?

The mother–child bond is the primary force in infant development, according to the attachment bond theory pioneered by English psychiatrist John Bowlby and American psychologist Mary Ainsworth. The theory has gained strength through worldwide scientific studies and the use of brain imaging technology.

The attachment bond theory states that the relationship between infants and primary caretakers is responsible for:

  • Shaping all of our future relationship
  • Strengthening or damaging our abilities to focus, be conscious of our feelings, and calm ourselves
  • The ability to bounce back from misfortune.

For children living in foster care or adoptive homes these early experiences are likely to be difficult, as children experience separation and loss of biological parents, often following an experience of inadequate and sometimes frightening parenting.

Often these children grow up with attachment difficulties, making it harder for them to settle into their new homes. The Attachment Theory can provide us with a framework for understanding the resulting behaviour of the children. It can also provide guidance about ways of parenting the children that fosters increased trust and feelings of security. Within environments of responsive, available care, the children can begin to recover from early experience and learn to organise their behaviour around their belief in the continued availability and trustworthiness of their foster or adoptive parent.
You can find more info on this interesting set of slides, ‘The dance of Attachment’:

http://www.childcentredpractice.co.uk/Websites/ccp1/files/Content/1439365/fostering%20attachment%20in%20foster%20children.pdf

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It’s an exciting time for fostering!

Currently, support is only given to carers and children from their fostering team until they are 18 years old. However, recently the Department of Education have announced plans to extend support for foster children to stay with their foster families until they are 21 years old.

This will be a duty placed on fostering teams and will come into force from April 2014 – just two months away!

The average age for young people who are not in care to leave home is 24 – 27 years old. It’s great news to know that the age gap between foster children and children not in care leaving home is narrowing. This prolonged support is extremely important to fostered young people as we often find that they are not ready to live independently but need continuing support and stability.

At Welcome Foster Care we understand the positive emotional and financial implications this will have on foster carers and foster children and so we feel this is something to celebrate! Hooray!

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Following the good news in the previous post, about the fostering age increase from 18 to 21, just a quick update with some more good news! A message from our Service Manager at Welcome Foster Care, with a letter from Edward Timpson MP, who is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.

Dear Foster Carers,

I would like to bring to your attention the last correspondence made in February 2014 by Edward Timpson Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, addressing you directly in relation to the work of foster care and some of the recent changes that parliament has made to improve the care received by young people whilst they are away from their families.

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We hope we can continue to collaborate in this effort to improve the lives of young people in our care.

Many thanks,

Shaz Mohammed
Service Manager

So all in all, great news. If you are interested in joining us and making that change, in order to change a young person’s life for good, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

It looks like they’re recognising the great work that we all do, and from the letter we sense a good drive forward on the Governments part. And of course, a big THANK YOU on our part to all our carers and social workers! Keep up the great work and together, we can help to ensure that every child and young person gets a what they deserve, a good upbringing in a perfect environment.


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