The International Journal of Birth and Parent Education is a quarterly publication focusing on policy, research and best practice in parent support and education from pregnancy to two.

Essential reading for all educators, academics, professionals and volunteers working in the very early years, it offers the latest evidence about foetal and infant development; analyses early years policy; presents evidence-based parent education programmes and teaching and learning activities for parenting groups;  covers the needs of parents facing specific challenges; and focuses on the baby’s earliest relationships. The Journal maintains an international focus with articles from birth and parenting educators and scholars from across the world.

 Whats in the  Winter Issue - Volume 5 Issue 2
Focus on fostering and adoption



Supporting adoptive parents to provide a forever home

Mary Nolan, Editor-in-Chief

GUEST Editorials

A guide to attachment for foster carers

John Timpson, CBE, Chairman Timpson Limited

Foster care: The importance of commitment

Matt Forde, Head of Service, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Scotland


Early education as an intervention for children looked after

Sandra Mathers, Senior Researcher, University of Oxford, UK
Rebecca Tracz, Research Assistant, University of Oxford, UK

Art and Music Therapy with adopted children under five

Jasmine Chin, Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Lead, Parenting and Creative Therapies Service, Coram, London, UK

Rosie Hayes, Music Therapist, Parenting and Creative Therapies Service, Coram, London, UK

Lucy Orchard, Art Psychotherapist, Parenting and Creative Therapies Service, Coram, London, UK

Cerrita Smith, Music Therapist, Parenting  and 
Creative Therapies Service, Coram, London, UK
Nicky Sutton, Art Psychotherapist, Parenting and Creative Therapies Service, Coram, London, UK

Katherine Walters, Senior Music Therapist, Parenting and Creative Therapies Service, Coram, London, UK

Early placement therapy: Supporting adoptive parents in creating a secure attachment relationship with their young child

Anna C. Kelley, Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, Tulane University, USA

Devi Miron Murphy, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane School of Medicine, USA

Good practice in parent and child fostering

Nikki Luke, Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, University of Oxford, UK

Paul Adams, CoramBAAF (British Agency for Adoption and Fostering)
The attachment-related benefits of animal companions in foster care
Sam Carr, Department of Education, University of Bath, UK


Implementing Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up with foster parents

Stevie S. Schein, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Delaware, USA

Amanda H. Costello, Clinical Scientist, University of Delaware, USA

Caroline K.P. Roben, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware, USA

Mary Dozier, Amy E. du Pont Chair of Child Development, University of Delaware, USA

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  • Previous Issues
    Volume 1

    Previous IssuesVolume 1
    Issue 2 - Focus on Education for Birth
    Issue 3 - Focus on Fathers
    Issue 4 - Focus on Nuturing and Nutrition
  • Previous Issues
    Volume 2

    Previous IssuesVolume 2
    Issue 1 - Focus on Play
    Issue 2 - Focus on Sleep and Soothing
    Issue 3 - Focus on Parents and Children with Learning Disabilities
    Issue 4 - Focus on Education for Calm Parenting
  • Previous Issues
    Volume 3

    Previous IssuesVolume 3
    Issue 1 - Open Focus

    Issue 2 - Focus on Family Nurse Partnership/ Nurse-Family Partnership

    Issue 3 - Focus on Relationships
    Supplement No.1: AIMH Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) No. 1 ‘Improving Relationships in the Perinatal Period: What Works?’

    Issue 4 - Focus on Preparation and Support for Labour and Birth?
    Supplement: 2016 IJBPE Conference ‘Parent Education Today: Walking the Walk’. Practice Pointers from the Conference Workshops
  • Previous Issues
    Volume 4

    Previous IssuesVolume 4
    Issue 1 - Focus on Attachment
    Supplement No.2: AIMH Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) No. 2 ‘Improving Attachment in Babies: What Works?’

    Issue 2 - Focus on Peer Support

    Issue 3 - Focus on Parenting in Difficult Circumstances
    Supplement No.3: AIMH Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) No. 3 'Antenatal Anxiety and Depression: What Should We Be Doing?'

    Issue 4 - Focus on preconception education, FASD, and prematurity

  • Previous Issues
    Volume 5

    Previous IssuesVolume 5
    Issue 1 - Focus on School Readiness
    Supplement No.3: AIMH Best Practice Guidelines (BPG) No. 3 ‘The Relationship with the Unborn Baby: Why it Matters’

    Issue 2 - Focus on Fostering and Adoption


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