2001 Jordan Institute
6, No. 1
Interest and TPR
The child has a basic need for
care, stimulation, continuity and reciprocity. The
child welfare system cannot provide continuity and falls short in
providing reciprocity. Only membership in a stable family can answer
the child's questions: "Who will take care of me?" and
"Who will be there for me?" TPR and adoption provide a
chance for the child to be a member of a family where he will receive
this continuity of care.
The child needs stable roots
to promote identity development. Multiple placements result
in multiple roots a confused life and sense of self. A family
connection that is permanent is a way to answer the child's questions:
"Who am I?" and "Where do I fit in the world?"
The child needs to belong to a family where he can sink permanent
A child needs to be claimed to
believe he has worth. A child who has been moved or who fears
the possibility of a move does not think he is worth loving or keeping.
A child who does not feel loved or valued will not be able to love
or value others. A permanent family connection will answer the child's
question: "Does anyone love me enough to keep me?" A child
needs to be claimed by a family where he will be valued.
J. & Thompson, J. (2000). Case building toward permanence: A
curriculum for child welfare social workers. Raleigh, NC: NC Division
of Social Services.
2001 Jordan Institute for Families