Guidelines for contributions from professionals

(v.3 June 2013)

Thank you for considering making a contribution to helping foster carers and adopters and their children.


  • The focus of your contribution should be on the emotional well-being, mental health or behavioural difficulties of fostered and/or adopted children.
  • In describing case material your contribution should not include the names of any children or anyone who has not given their consent. Please do not change any other personal details. PAFCA will ensure that ages, dates, places etc. are changed to ensure the anonymity of everyone other than the author prior to publication on the website (if you change such details we may inadvertently make it more similar to the truth when we anonymise your account).
  • It should not include any comments that may be libellous.
  • Your contribution should be between 1000 and 2000 words.
  • The website will be primarily targeted towards foster carers and adopters and so contributions should use accessible language and employ a practical focus.
  • Please do include a “Top Five Tips” section. We intend to only use contributions that include this format at the end in order to ensure that we maintain a practical focus.

Confidentiality measures:

  • You do not need to mention any child specifically. If you would prefer, you can talk generally about your experiences of emotional problems that you have encountered in LAAC children.
  • Often however it is helpful to speak about a particular child. In such cases please do not include the child’s name. In addition, PAFCA will change:
    • The age of the child
    • Possibly the sex of the child
    • Any reference to recognisable location, people, personal characteristics, legal status of the child
    • In short, we will retain the nature of the problem but the child will not be identifiable.

 Suggested topic areas:

The following are suggested topics that you may like to focus upon in your contribution, however feel free to tailor the content as you see fit.

  • Theory based articles
    • Research review
    • Commentary
    • Bridging the gap between theory and practice
    • Experience of applying a particular theory or piece of research
  • Relevant news based articles
  • Problem based articles e.g.
    • How to manage the emotional impact of placement changes (hellos and goodbyes)
    • Separation anxiety
    • Sibling competitiveness
    • Rage outbursts
    • Lying
    • Stealing
    • Sexualised behaviour
    • Sleep difficulties
    • Etc.
  • Or any other topic or perspective on the emotional/psychological/mental health of fostered/adopted children!

“Top Five Tips” section (essential)

This section should be included at the end of your contribution.

This is, essentially, a list of five practical things that can be drawn out of the topic you have described that you would like to pass on to foster carers and adopters to help them in their care of their child(ren).


We cannot guarantee to publish any articles but please feel free to contact us before you make a submission. This will give the best possible chance of ensuring that the article is published on the website.

We are unable, at the current time, to offer any payment for articles written for PAFCA.

PAFCA reserves the right to edit your submission, at our discretion, to ensure articles fit with the sites goals and format.

PAFCA retains all rights over any published articles regarding republishing. Articles should not have been published elsewhere.

Please send your submissions to

In your submission email please include the following information, which may accompany your article:

  • Your name
  • Your professional title
  • Your town/area
  • A brief paragraph about your work and interest in working with foster and adoptive families
  • A photograph of you to accompany your article

Please also include the following statement

“I confirm that I have read the PAFCA Guidelines for contributions from Professionals (v.3 June 2013) and agree to the term and conditions contained therein”
Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you!