Creating Adoption Neighborhoods : Final Report & Replication Manual.
Legendre, Adrienne. Abarquez, Anna.
DePelchin Children's Center.
iii, 46 p. (250 p.)
Published: December 2005
Available from: Child Welfare Information Gateway
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Children's Bureau, 3rd Floor 330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
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This final report describes the activities and outcomes of a three-year federally funded program designed to increase the placement of African American children in Harris County, Texas. The Creating Adoption Neighborhoods (CrAN) project aimed to develop three predominately African-American neighborhoods in which adoption became the norm among the residents. Using cultural anthropology/ethnographic methods, the project analyzed each of the targeted neighborhoods to identify existing formal and in formal communication channels and social support networks. Social marketing focus groups along with the expertise of two local marketing firms identified and developed adoption messages that were the basis of the social marketing campaign. The CrAN project incorporated both process and evaluation components to assess the program's achievement of established goals and objectives. During the first year of implementation, the CrAN grant team designed a parent and child tracking system, a community activity reporting system, and the Community and Phone Surveys. Evaluation results indicate the CrAN project was successful in disseminating current adoption information, in increasing awareness that adoption is something ordinary families can do, and in decreasing the stigma attached to adoption. Adoptive parents participating in the phone survey perceived a lot of support from family and relatives in the areas of concrete and emotional support, and from the local churches in terms of emotional support. The CrAN project, however, was not able to increase the number of African American placement in targeted neighborhoods, encourage resident to identify their neighborhood as an adoption neighborhood, nor increase the proportion of respondents who believe that their neighborhood supports adoptive families. Implications of the results of the program and recommendations for future programs are discussed. 17 tables. (Author abstract modified) Document Scanned.
minority adoption; Texas; african americans; community attitudes; adoption support