Rebuilding Children's Lives

Christina B. Baker, Ray V. Burke, et al.
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A blueprint for treatment foster parents this book offers an approach to foster parenting that combines compassion with practical, outcome-oriented strategies for teaching children how to change their behaviors. This book is used by Boys Town® to train foster parents who care for children who have challenging behavioral problems, are learning disabled, have suffered abuse, or have been diagnosed with psychiatric problems. Its pages are packed with information, step-by-step techniques, and suggestions to help you care for foster children, especially those with troubled backgrounds. Provided are the foundations of good parenting: teaching social skills, giving positive and negative consequences, and preventing and dealing with behavior problems.

Treatment topics such as using motivation systems, creating treatment plans, and building relationships are discussed. Also addressed are subjects uniquely challenging to foster parents, including working with families of origin, respecting cultural differences, dealing with issues of separation and attachment, and creating a safe environment for all children in the home. The book includes dozens of examples and exercises; sample record-keeping and evaluation forms; steps, rationales, and hints for teaching 16 social skills; a glossary of terms; additional references, and an index. 294 pages

Published by Boys Town Press

ISBN: 978-0-938510-76-5

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Christina B. Baker, Ray V. Burke, et al.
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