- Kent Family Placement Project
The Kent Family Placement Project (also known as the "Kent Project") was initiated in 1975 by
Nancy Hazel, noted authorand previous Research Fellowwith the University of Kentdepartment of Social Work.
In 1974, a
Council of Europe-commissioned working groupof international researchers completed a report on child placement practices. At the conclusion of the study, Hazel embarked on another study of her own which focused on Swedenand Belgium. Conventional wisdom in Englandat the time surmised that adolescents were unfit for foster care. Adolescents were perceived as being too old, tempestuous, or unhealthy.
To address this problem, made a rather controversial proposal; putting teenagers into foster care instead of
residential care. The idea encountered a fair amount of resistance, because it went against conventional wisdom.
The Kent Family Placement Project was designed to keep "
looked-after" children with family and friends, encourage participation of the looked-after child with their caregivers, as well as offering compensation and "proper training" to " foster carers" for their work.
*"Specialist Foster Family Care: A Normalizing Experience", edited by Burt Galaway, Joe Hudson. The Haworth Press. 1989.
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