By Carole R. Smith (auth.)
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Although Kellmer-Pringle has identified what she believes to be generally relevant needs, she makes the important point that meeting these needs must be geared to the characteristics, personalities and capabilities of individual children. Recognising and responding Making Plans and Choosing Resources 39 appropriately to these factors depends on continuity of social interaction and developing knowledge of particular children. For this reason, Kellmer- Pringle argues that children's needs cannot be adequately met in residential care, or in situations where relationships between children and their parents or other caretakers are continually interrupted by separation or changes in caretaking figures.
When social workers are responsible for rational planning and decision-making and intent upon demonstrating professional skills, it is difficult to accept that an antipathy towards adoption may stem from the feeling that it is somehow unnatural, that the 'blood tie' makes for some mysterious bond, or that social interaction cannot adeq uately replace biology as a basis for successful parenting. We must be clear about those aspects of practice which are relevant and which may be improved, and those beliefs about adoption which may be deeply held but mistakenly based.
Secondly, Sants argues that differences in physical appearance and lack of a genetic relationship can severely hinder a child's ability to identify with adoptive parents. Thirdly, and deriving from Freud's suggestion that there is a 'universal deep seated fear of incest', Sants asserts that insufficient knowledge about origins may lead to fear of unknowingly committing incest. I t would appear then that no adopted child could escape a sense of genealogical bewilderment, no matter how well informed and able the adoptive parents might be.
Adoption and Fostering: Why and How by Carole R. Smith (auth.)