Assessing the Field of Post-Adoption Services: Family Needs, Program Models, and Evaluation Issues. Summary Report. Secondary Data Analysis


This portion of the study explored whether administrative data could be used to better understand the use of subsidies for purchase of services and to describe the disruption, dissolution, and displacement of adoptions. The highly confidential nature of adoption data posed a major challenge to this effort, because states and agencies are often unable or unwilling to share data about adopted children of families. After extensive negotiation, we were able to obtain relevant data from two states: California and North Carolina. The analyses described in this section demonstrate what could be done in other states with similar data and suggest how modifications to administrative data systems could enhance our understanding of adoptions.

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