Biography

Mary is a part time Senior Research Associate and an experienced Social Worker.  For the past ten years she has combined research and writing with various roles in fostering and adoption practice and management.

All Publications

Neil, E., Beek, M., Ward, E.

(2015)

Contact after Adoption: A longitudinal study of post adoption contact arrangements,

Coram BAAF

ISBN ISBN 978 1 910039 33 5

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Neil, B., Beek, M., Ward, E.

(2014)

Contact after Adoption: A longitudinal study of adopted young people and their adoptive parents and birth relatives,

BAAF

ISBN 9781910039137

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Schofield, G., Beek, M.

(2014)

The Secure Base Model: Promoting attachment and resilience in foster care and adoption,

BAAF

ISBN 9781907585838

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Schofield, G., Beek, M.

(2014)

Promoting attachment and resilience: A guide for foster carers and adopters on using The Secure Base Model:,

BAAF

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Neil, B., Beek, M., Ward, E.

(2013)

Contact after adoption: a follow-up in late adolescence,

Centre for Research on Children and Families, UEA

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Schofield, G., Beek, M., Ward, E., Biggart, L.

(2013)

Professional foster carer and committed parent: Role conflict and role enrichment at the interface between work and family in long-term foster care,

in Child and Family Social Work

18

(1)

pp. 46-56

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Schofield, G., Beek, M., Ward, E.

(2011)

Part of the Family: Planning for permanence in family foster care,

in Children and Youth Services Review

34

(1)

pp. 244-253

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Schofield, G., Beek, M.

(2009)

Risk and resilience in long-term foster care,

in Children in State Care.

Ashgate Publishing Ltd

pp. 161-181

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Schofield, G., Beek, M.

(2009)

Growing up in foster care: providing a secure base through adolescence,

in Child & Family Social Work

14

(3)

pp. 255-266

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Schofield, G., Beek, M., Warman, A.

(2008)

Achieving Permanence in Foster Care: A Good Practice Guide,

BAAF

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Schofield, G., Beek, M.

(2006)

Attachment Handbook for Foster Care and Adoption,

BAAF

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Schofield, G., Beek, M.

(2005)

Providing a secure base: parenting children in long-term foster care,

in Attachment and Human Development

7

(1)

pp. 3-26

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Beek, M., Schofield, G.

(2004)

Providing a secure base in long-term foster care,

BAAF

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Neil, E., Beek, M., Schofield, G.

(2003)

Thinking about and managing contact in permanent placements: the differences and similarities between adoptive parents and foster carers,

in Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

8

(3)

pp. 401-418

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Key Research Interests

The core of my research interest is to understand more about what works in adoption and foster care – what are the key ingredients that help children and young people to recover from adversity and to achieve a more settled adult life.  Attachment theory is an important framework for these understandings and this has underpinned my research and writing.

With Prof Gillian Schofield, it has been a privilege to follow the progress of a group of children placed in long-term foster care in 1997 and to distil the findings of this and other projects into a model of caregiving that can be used by professionals and caregivers to maximise the therapeutic potential of family life.

I am currently involved in the Contact after Adoption project, led by Dr Beth Neil.  This is the third phase of a longitudinal study of children placed for adoption in the late 1990s.  They are now young adults and are able to provide us with fascinating information about their experiences of different forms of post adoption contact.  Their stories, along with those of their adoptive parents and some of their birth relatives will provide a unique picture, both of the outcomes for children adopted from care and of the long term impact of contact after adoption.