Minnesota Adoption Disruptions and Dissolutions: An Examination of Children in Private Out-Of-Home Placements: Comparison of Preliminary Data by Agency Type.
University of Minnesota. Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare. Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies.
This report discusses the preliminary findings of a survey that examined adoption disruptions and dissolutions among children in Minnesota's private-agency out-of-home placements. Data was gathered through a survey of 38 State-licensed private residential treatment centers, group homes, and treatment foster home placement agencies in Minnesota. Agencies were asked to have each of their case managers complete one survey per child or youth on their case load who was physically housed in the facility or home on February 29, 2012. A total sample of 938 youth was obtained after the data had been cleaned for duplications and incomplete submissions. A chart provides a side-by-side comparison of the data from all the residential facitlites, group homes, and foster homes surveyed. Preliminary findings indicate: the sample had more males than females, with males making up 64% of the total population; the most frequently diagnosed disorders held across all placements types and were diagnoses of Disruptive Behavior Disorder, Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Reactive Attachment Disorder; the largest percentages of children were placed by a court order; there is a sizeable discrepancy between reunification being the identified permanency plan and the expected permanency plan over all three placement types, indicating most placements have a significantly lower number of children expected to reunify though the case plan would identify reunification as the goal; and the greatest percentage of youths (44.6%) had experienced a previous placement in residential treatment facilities while only 4.1% had experienced a placement in a private foster home with a relative.
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