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The Art of Child Placement

The Art of Child Placement

Copyright Date: 1955
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 288
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    The Art of Child Placement
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    The Art of Child Placement was first published in 1955. The social worker -- experienced or neophyte -- who is engaged in the complicated job of placing children in foster homes or institutions will find helpful guidance in this book. Although she writes primarily of the problems of foster placement, the author offers a philosophy and principles that will be useful also in child adoption work. Mrs. Charnley discusses child placement in relation to the physiological and psychological growth patterns of children. She shows how the social worker can ease the child’s pain of separation from home and parents and tells how to reach a confused young mind with the explanation for such an uprooting. She focuses her viewpoint upon the child but gives careful attention also to such intimately related problems as casework with foster and “own” parents. The book is rich in case histories which show the processes involved in solving typical problems. Many of the cases are suitable for staff discussions and in-service training programs, since they are condensed and presented in sharp focus.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-6180-0
    Subjects: Sociology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Introduction
    (pp. vii-xx)

    This is a lively book on child placement. Between its covers are incorporated the rich experiences of the author. These are documented by the work and study of many social workers who, also, have dedicated themselves to this field of endeavor. The title of the book is significant. It suggests what is already well known, that child placement compounds scientific theory and its application to practice with an additional ingredient—an easy, creative, and imaginative use of the theory as this is expressed through the personality of the social worker. To have any real potency in the lives of people,...

  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. xxi-2)
  4. CHAPTER 1 Placement of the Very Young Child
    (pp. 3-30)

    The keynote of success in all child placement is careful preparation. Preparation is aimed at helping the client know, understand, and accept what is happening to him. The social worker recognizes that the need to be separated from one’s own family, to be taken to a new family, is a painful reality. She has learned that pain of this kind is more bearable if it comes “in little pieces.” The skilled worker comes to sense the tempo at which her child can move from the old to the new and develops ways of helping him to meet this painful change....

  5. CHAPTER 2 Establishing a Relationship with the Gradester
    (pp. 31-68)

    The child who is no longer a baby and not yet an adolescent may be a very special placement problem. Any child, of course, finds placement a trying experience. But the child in this age group has his own peculiar characteristics, and his social worker must understand them thoroughly.

    She needs not only to know the generalized truths about this group but also to appreciate what effects separation will bring. She needs to know those parts of placement which are especially confusing and painful and what she can do to help. She needs a knowledge of the defense mechanisms that...

  6. CHAPTER 3 Foster Homes and Institutions
    (pp. 69-105)

    Men and women who yesterday began the child welfare job as volunteers, and those who do it today as professional social workers, have been remarkably warm and generous groups motivated by the deep belief that children are important—to be cherished, helped, and loved. The child welfare movement in America learned very quickly what it took medicine, law, and other professions a long time to find out—that love is essential to the happiness and well-being of children.

    Often those who devoted themselves to helping needful children became split up into camps consecrated to one school of thought or another—...

  7. CHAPTER 4 Casework with “Own” Parents
    (pp. 106-143)

    When I was about eight years old, I went to a Western movie that I liked well enough to see several times. I cannot remember now what the movie was, but I have never forgotten a song from it. The words were: “Who are you at home? Who are you at home? Only God remembers when you first began to roam. Who are you at home? Who are you at home?”

    Maybe the tune stayed so long in mind because it puzzled me. I knew so well who I was at home. Children usually do know—they do not have...

  8. CHAPTER 5 Casework with Foster Families
    (pp. 144-204)

    One hot summer afternoon I drove into a small town from a nearby farm to buy an eight-year-old foster boy an ice cream cone. We passed a lodge marked “B.P.O.E.” He asked whether I knew what the initials stood for, and then supplied the answer: “ ‘Best People On Earth.’ Dad Carlson’s an officer,” he added proudly. I thought to myself that if ever there were a fraternity for the best people on earth, foster parents should certainly be honored members.

    Social workers, writing of the problems of child placement, are warm in references to the exacting demands made on...

  9. CHAPTER 6 Casework with Adolescents
    (pp. 205-252)

    In a far-off, ideal land that is neither here nor there, but is, in a sense, everywhere, there are two villages built near each other. One is called the Village of Childhood, the other the Village of Adulthood. Between them flows a river—wide, treacherous, difficult to swim. It is called the River of Adolescence. For the most part, there exist only good feelings between the peoples of the two villages and they live harmoniously and cooperatively. There is no bridge between the towns and there probably never will be. Communion between the peoples can be accomplished only by swimming....

  10. Additional Reading
    (pp. 255-261)
  11. Index
    (pp. 262-265)