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Assessing the Field of Post-Adoption Services: Family Needs, Program Models and Evaluation Issues. Case Study Report

Publication Date
Oct 31, 2002

The Case Study component of the study used interviews with state adoption program managers and post adoption services coordinators/providers as well as focus groups with adoptive parents. Site visits to programs in five states — Georgia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia — included well-regarded programs that varied in structure and services offered. The case study was designed to address the following research questions: What are the service needs of families following adoption of a child from the public child welfare system? What are the characteristics of existing post-adoption services programs? How are post-adoption services programs monitoring and assessing their effectiveness? [PDF - 95 pages]