• July/August 2001
  • Vol. 2, No. 4

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Promoting Resilience: A Resource Guide on Working With Children in the Care System

Gilligan, R. British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering, London, United Kingdom. 2001. 73 pp. $16.63 (11.95 GBP). Paperback.

Resilience is defined as a set of qualities that helps a person withstand many of the negative effects of adversity. Resilient children overcome adverse childhood events and do better in life than they might be expected to do. The three dimensions of resilience are overcoming the odds; sustaining competence under pressure; and recovering from trauma. For children in foster care, resilience-led practice values placement stability; continuity in meaningful relationships; and the child's understanding of what is happening in his life. Hobbies, friendships, and opportunities for the child to take responsibility and make decisions also are valued highly. A partnership between child and caretaker, based on these values, provides the child with a secure base, a sense of identity, increased self-esteem, and the ability to persevere.

To purchase a copy, contact:

British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering
Skyline House
200 Union St.
London, SE1 0LX United Kingdom
Phone: 011-20-7593-2000
Fax: 011-20-7593-2001
Email: pubs.sales@baaf.org.uk Website: http://www.baaf.org.uk

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