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NCJ Number: 76091 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Family Placement and Professional Fostering Schemes
Corporate Author: New Approaches to Juvenile Crime
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New Approaches to Juvenile Crime
London, SW9 0PU, England
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report describes professional foster care programs that have been developed during the last few years by local governments in the United Kingdom for difficult delinquent teenagers unable to live at home.
Abstract: Placements in the approximately 30 programs operating in the United Kingdom are based on written contracts, which are made for limited periods and aim to help teenagers either to return to their own homes after a specified period of time or to launch themselves into independent living. In either case, the foster parents are expected to work closely with the natural parents. The principle of payment to foster parents is that they are being paid fees for difficult and skilled jobs and the fees therefore have to compete with other sources of income. Several programs pay a fee of over 40 pounds a week in addition to normal boarding allowances. The results to date show that most placements have been completed as planned and that delinquent activity has been reduced or halted in a high proportion of cases. Several programs are intended specifically for teenagers who would otherwise have gone to community homes providing education; such placements provide a potential alternative to residential care for those for whom removal from home is considered essential. Specific projects described include the Kent Family Project, Wakefield Professional Fostering Scheme, Birmingham Special Family Placement Scheme, Bradford Community Parents Scheme, Cheshire Family Placement Project, Coventry Family Life for Young People Scheme, Lambeth Family Placement Project, and Berbyshire Family Placement Project. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Juvenile foster homes; Juvenile status offenders; United Kingdom (UK)
Note: Briefing paper no. 4.
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