Issues Surrounding Post-Adoption Contact in Foster Adoption: The Perspective of Foster-to-Adopt Families and Child Welfare Workers.
Chateauneuf, Doris. Page, Genevieve. Decaluwe, Beatrice.
Journal of Public Child Welfare
Vol. 12, No. 4 , p. 436-460
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
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Current research on open adoption gives less consideration to issues surrounding post-adoption contact with birth parents for children adopted from care. Yet, it is widely recognized that the profile of the children and their birth parents, as well as the quality of post-adoption contacts, vary considerably depending on the context in which the adoption takes place. This article is based on interviews with 32 child welfare workers and 16 foster-to-adopt families. It focuses specifically on aspects and conditions that should be taken into consideration when determining whether or how contact between the adopted child and the birth family should be maintained. Our results show that there are distinctive challenges and dilemmas for open adoption in situations where the adopted child comes from a maltreating family, under the responsibility of child welfare services. (Author abstract)
open adoption; post adoption contact; birth parents; adoption triads; barriers; child abuse; abusive parents