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The Children Were Fine

Sophie Boswell and Lynne Cudmore from ‘The Children Were Fine’ have recently published some research we hope will be of interest to you.

Sophie and Lynne are both child psychotherapists based in a Looked After Children’s service. They were worried about how quickly children were being moved from foster care into adoption, and how little on-going contact they were having with their foster carers. There is little research into the way these transitions are carried out.

Their research paper, ‘”The children were fine”: acknowledges complex feelings in the move from foster care into adoption’, and this was published in the British Journal of Fostering and Adoption in 2014.

Foster carers, adopters and social work professionals have all given feedback to suggest they also feel that current procedures are out of step with children’s attachment needs, and many are seeking further research and guidance to help them navigate these complex transitions.

Sophie and Lynne felt it was important to keep this issue alive, so have set up a website which they hope will act as a hub for discussion and debate about this neglected topic.

Please take a look at their website:


If you would like any further information or would like to discuss anything in more detail please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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