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Adoptive and Foster Parent Screening


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Part 1: In Theory: Adoptive and Foster Parent Screening 1. In the Beginning . . . (A History) 2. Who Are Screeners and What Do They Do? 3. Adoption Agencies: Private vs. Public 4. Identifying Adoption Issues 5. Understanding the Foster Parent Syndrome 6. Screening Single and Gay Applicants 7. Screening Child Predators 8. What You Need to Know About Infants 9. What You Need to Know About Older Children Part 2: In Practice: Adoptive and Foster Parent Screening 10. Home Study Interview Techniques 11. First Interview with Adoptive Applicants 12. First Interview with Foster Parent Applicants 13. Follow-up Interviews with Foster and Adoptive Applicants 14. Health and Background Interviews 15. Marital and Relationship Interviews 16. Exploring Parenting Issues 17. Screener Recommendations for Adoptive and Foster Parents 18. Finalizing the Adoption Part 3: Psychological Assessment: A Means to Resolve Complicated Evaluation Issues 19. The Referral Question: An Overview of Testing Possibilities 20. Evaluating Mood and Anxiety Problems 21. Ruling Out Major Pathology 22. Measuring Levels of Cognitive Function 23. Identifying Personal and Family Conflicts 24. Assessing Parenting Skills

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Mardi Allen, Ph.D. was the 2002-2003 president of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). She earned her doctorate in psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi with an emphasis in Child, Developmental and School Psychology. She is a book reviewer for Contemporary Psychology, a journal published by the American Psychological Association, and she has been published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. James L. Dickerson, a former public agency social worker, worked to place hundreds of children in foster and adoptive homes over a seven-year period. He later worked in a private agency focusing on international adoptions. He has written about foster and adoptive parenting for professional journals such as the Ontario Journal of Children's Aid Societies. He is also the author of numerous non-fiction books and over 2,000 magazine and newspaper articles.

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