Adoption Policy and the Well-Being of Adopted Children in the United States.
Provencher, Ashley J. Kahn, Nicholas E. Hansen, Mary Eschelbach.
Published: May 2017
Vol. 95, No. 1 , p. 27-55
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
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Washington, DC 20005
We measure the extent to which the well-being of children adopted from foster care in the United States changed in response to laws that encouraged speedier adoption but targeted older children who often have special needs. We measure well-being using its inverse, problems, and we use nationally representative data to construct a multidi-mensional composite index. We find that, though the laws successfully increased older child adoptions, efforts to reduce time to adoption have not resulted in improve-ments in the well-being of adopted children. (Author abstract)
well being; adopted children; foster children; special needs; federal laws; child welfare laws; OLDER CHILD PLACEMENT; WAITING CHILDREN; LEGAL TIMEFRAMES