Out-of-home care: Practice and research between head and tail
Keywords:out-of-home care, placement, decision-making process
Out-of-home care has a very high impact on children and their families. For this reason, careful preparation, planning and guidance for a stay in a foster family or residential care are necessary. The authors consider out-of-home care as a process with a start ('head') and finish ('tail'). These two phases in particular hold crucial moments of decision-making and professional support to clients. Attuning the 'head, body and tail' of out-of-home care to the needs of vulnerable children and families enhances the chances of positive outcomes. Research is presented that supports this central notion.