Supporting Adoptions and Guardianships in Illinois: An Analysis of Subsidies, Services, and Spending.
Fuller, Tamara L. Bruhn, Christina. Cohen, Leslie. Lis, Melinda. Rolock, Nancy. Sheridan, Kathryn.
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
University of Illinois.
1 v. (various pagings)
Published: June 2006
Available from: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Children and Family Research Center
School of Social Work 1010 W. Nevada, Suite 2080
Urbana, IL 61801
Tel: 217-333-5837 800-638-3877
In March 2005, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Resolution (HR) 0502, which called for an in-depth study of post-adoption services in Illinois. Several research questions were outlined within the resolution: (1) What are the recent trends in the achievement of permanence among children in substitute care in Illinois, especially since the passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act? (2) What post-permanency services and subsidies are available in Illinois, and how do they compare to those offered in other states? (3) What post-permanency services do adoptive parents and guardianship caregivers need? How do adoptive and guardianship caregivers spend their subsidies? What costs are associated with raising an adopted child with special needs? To answer these questions, researchers at the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign conducted three studies: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) administrative data was analyzed to examine trends in the achievement of permanence among children previously living in substitute care; A national survey of public child welfare agencies was conducted to examine the post-permanency services and subsidies provided by other states. Existing information on post-adoption services and subsidies in other states was also collected and analyzed; and A survey of adoptive and guardianship caregivers was conducted to examine post-permanency service use, helpfulness, and unmet needs, as well as subsidy use and adequacy. In Chapter 1 of this report, recent trends in the achievement of permanence among children in substitute care in Illinois, as well as the stability of the adoptions and guardianships that have been achieved are analyzed. In chapter two, information from existing data sources is combined with the results of a state survey of public child welfare agencies to examine post-adoption subsidies, services, and spending in Illinois and other states. The results of a survey of adoptive and guardianship caregivers that examined their post-permanency service use, helpfulness, and unmet needs, as well subsidy use and adequacy are described in chapter three. (Author abstract)
illinois; post adoption services; permanency; foster care; placement stability; adoption subsidies; guardianship; evidence based practice