Meeting the Long-Term Needs of Families Who Adopt Children Out of Foster Care: A Three-Year Follow-Up Study.
Houston, Doris M. Kramer, Laurie.
Illinois State University.
Vol. 87, No. 4 , p. 145-170
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
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Washington, DC 20005
The purpose of this study was to assess the extent to which agency and nonagency supportive resources contributed to the stability and well-being of 34 newly adoptive families over 3 years. Results revealed significant pre- to post-adoption declines in families' contact and satisfaction with formal and informal helping resources. Greater pre-adoption contact with formal adoption agency staff predicted adoption stability and lower levels of family conflict at the 3-year assessment. The results highlight the importance of providing adoptive families with formal and informal support that meets their evolving needs. (Author abstract)
post adoption services; foster adopt placement; placement stability; well being; adoption preparation; outcomes; evidence based practice