Birth parents' perceptions of professional practice in care and adoption proceedings: Implications for practice

Joe Smeeton, Kathy Boxall

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This paper explores non-relinquishing birth parents’ experiences of contested child care and adoption proceedings. It highlights the perceptions and voices of birth parents which are rarely prioritized in dominant discourses of professional practice in this area. The paper reviews previous related research and also discusses a small-scale empirical study which elicited the perspectives of three birth parents whose children had been made subject to care proceedings and placed for adoption in England. Drawing on previous research and this study, the paper makes range of practice recommendations for sensitive professional practice with birth parents during contested child care and adoption proceedings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-453
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

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