Using Clinical Assessment to Enhance Adoption Success (In Special Issue: Adoption Competency and Trauma-Informed Practices With Adoptive Families).
Murray, Kathryn J. Sullivan, Kelly M.
Published: July-September 2017
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services.
Vol. 98, No. 3 , p. 217-224
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There is a growing recognition that adoptive families have unique clinical needs, including the need for postadoption mental health services that are adoption competent, trauma informed, and evidence based. Although underrepresented in the literature, the assessment process is the gateway to the provision of trauma-informed, adoption-competent services for adoptive families. Based on a thorough review of the literature and clinical experience, the current article provides several specific recommendations for social workers and other mental health clinicians in conducting assessment with adoptive families, including domains to assess; specific strategies for assessing each domain; and guidelines for using the results of the assessment for case conceptualization, treatment planning, and family engagement. Implications for practice are discussed, including recommendations for obtaining training needed for adoption competence. (Author abstract)
adoption; trauma informed practice; assessment; post adoption services; evidence based practice; guidelines; evaluation methods; family engagement