Strengthening and preserving adoptive families : a study of TANF-funded post adoption services in New York State.
Avery, Rosemary J.
Cornell University, Dept. of Policy Analysis and Management.
viii, 90 p.
Published: April 2004
Available from: Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York
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New Paltz,, NY 12561
Tel: 646-688-4321 607-272-0034
Thirteen community-based adoption agencies in New York State were given grants in 2000 to provide post-adoption services to families eligible to participate in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. The services were intended to strengthen families and reduce the number of children returning to foster care. This evaluation collected information about the families who participated during the first 18 months of implementation, types of services provided, customer satisfaction, and effectiveness. Overall, more than 2,100 children from a total of 1,053 adoptive families were served by the grantees. Almost 60 percent of the children were adopted by non-relatives and 26 percent were adopted by kin. Many of the children had behavioral and emotional problems. The most commonly requested services were counseling, support services, educational services, information, and mental health services. Two-thirds of the parents participated in support groups and 57 percent attended parent education training programs. Many families also received individual, family, or parent counseling. More than 90 percent of 153 families responding to a satisfaction survey indicated that the services were useful. Approximately 80 percent of the adoptive parents reported that the program had a positive impact on their family. 19 tables.
TANF; financial assistance; adoption subsidies; new york; adoption preservation; community based services; post adoption services; adoption support; program evaluations; outcomes