Adoption & Fostering

Adoption & Fostering

Published in Association with CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy

Roger Bullock Centre for Social Policy at Dartington, UK

eISSN: 1740469X | ISSN: 03085759 | Current volume: 41 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly
Edited by Roger Bullock (Fellow, Centre for Social Policy, The Social Research Unit at Dartington, UK) and managed by Miranda Davies, Adoption & Fostering is a quarterly peer reviewed journal which has been at the cutting edge of debate on childcare issues for over 50 years. It is the only UK journal dedicated to adoption and fostering issues, providing an international forum for a wide range of professionals: academics and practitioners in social work, psychology, law, medicine, education, training and caring for children and young people.

As the official journal of the CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy, the UK’s leading adoption and fostering charity, the journal supports CoramBAAF’s aims of promoting the highest standards of practice in adoption, fostering and childcare services, to increase public understanding of the issues and to provide an independent voice for children and families, disseminating new research and practice developments, informing and influencing policy-makers, all those responsible for children and young people, and public opinion at large.

In addition to informative and thought provoking articles from around the world, Adoption & Fostering offers regular legal notes and health notes prepared by dedicated practitioners and professionals concerned with the welfare of looked after children and young people in the UK.

Legal notes

Each issue of the journal features around 12 pages of legal notes prepared by experts in England & Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. These include commentary on specific cases and for Scotland, recent developments and updates in the law.

Health notes

Regular health notes prepared by doctors around the UK cover a range of topics, from evaluating projects and services to reporting on conferences held by the CoramBAAF Health Group.

Adoption & Fostering Journal is essential reading for all those involved in adoption and fostering, and is read and valued right around the world.”

Gillian Schofield, Professor of Child & Family Social Work, University of East Anglia

“As a practitioner, Adoption & Fostering is always the journal I turn to first. Virtually all the content has immediate relevance. Also, back copies spanning some 40 years provide an invaluable record of how research and practice have developed in the UK and overseas.”

David Pitcher, Family Court Adviser and Children’s Guardian, Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass)

Adoption & Fostering is the only quarterly UK peer reviewed journal dedicated to adoption and fostering issues. Edited by Roger Bullock (Fellow, Centre for Social Policy, The Social Research Unit at Dartington), it also focuses on wider developments in childcare practice and research, providing an international, inter-disciplinary forum for academics and practitioners in social work, psychology, law, medicine, education, training and caring.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Peer Review Panel
Amanda Alston CCS Adoption, UK
Ravinder Barn Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Julie Doughty University of Cardiff, UK
Robbie Gilligan Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Kim Golding Consultant Clinical Psychologist, UK
Harold Grotevant University of Massachusetts, USA
Malcolm Hill University of Strathclyde, UK
Sonia Jackson Institute of Education, University of London, UK
Jeanne Kaniuk Coram Adoption Service, UK
Susan Kemp University of Washington, USA
Derek Kirton University of Kent, UK
Leslie Leve University of Oregon, USA
Michael Little Dartington Social Research Unit, UK
Judith Masson University of Bristol, UK
Rena Phillips University of Stirling, UK
Gillian Schofield University of East Anglia, UK
Peter Selman University of Newcastle, UK
Sarah Serbinski University of Western Ontario, Canada
John Simmonds British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF), UK
June Thoburn University of East Anglia, UK
Michelle Townsend Southern Cross University, Australia
Karen Treisman Maudsley Hospital, UK
Panos Vostanis University of Leicester, UK
Managing Editor
Miranda Davies CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy, UK
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    1. Peer review policy
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
    11. Further information

    Adoption & Fostering is the only quarterly UK peer reviewed journal dedicated to adoption and fostering issues. It also focuses on wider developments in childcare practice and research, providing an international, inter-disciplinary forum for academics and practitioners in social work, psychology, law, medicine, education, training and caring for children and young children.


    1. Peer review policy

    Adoption & Fostering operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 6-8 weeks of submission.

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    2. Article types

    Articles may cover any of the following: analyses of policies or the law; accounts of practice innovations and developments; findings of research and evaluations; discussions of issues relevant to fostering and adoption; critical reviews of relevant literature, theories or concepts; case studies.

    All research-based articles should include brief accounts of the design, sample characteristics and data-gathering methods.  Any article should clearly identify its sources and refer to previous writings where relevant.  The preferred length of articles is 5,000-7,000 words excluding references.

    Contributions should be both authoritative and readable.  Please avoid excessive use of technical terms and explain any key words that may not be familiar to most readers.

    Letters to the Editor. Readers' letters should address issues raised by published articles or should report significant new findings that merit rapid dissemination. The decision to publish is made by the Editor, in order to ensure a timely appearance in print.

    Book Reviews. A list of up-to-date books for review is available from the journal's Managing Editor.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Manuscripts should be submitted to the editor by e-mail attachment to:

    Miranda Davies
    CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy
    41 Brunswick Square
    WC1N 1AZ
    Telephone: +44 (0)20 7520 0300

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    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Adoption & Fostering and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Adoption & Fostering does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    7. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Adoption & Fostering additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.

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    8. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. The preferred format for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.

    9.2 Journal Style

    Adoption & Fostering conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    9.3 Reference Style

    Adoption & Fostering adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    9.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    Avoid confusion between ambiguous characters and take care to ensure that subscripts and superscripts are clear. Numbers below 11 should be written out in the text unless used in conjunction with units (e.g. three apples, 4 kg). Full points (not commas) should be used for decimals. For numbers less than one, a nought should be inserted before the decimal point. Use commas within numbers (e.g. 10,000).

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    Adoption & Fostering does not currently accept supplemental files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services for further information.

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit

    10.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Adoption & Fostering with SAGE. 

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Managing Editor, Miranda Davies, at

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