Assessing the Field of Post-Adoption Services: Family Needs, Program Models, and Evaluation Issues. Analysis of Secondary Data. 3.1 Data Sources

11/01/2002

California analyses combined administrative data with a survey of adopted families.

Analyses of adoption subsidy use in California drew on three key data sources. First we drew on data from the California Long-Range Adoption Study (CLAS), which followed a large cohort of children whose adoptions were finalized in 1988-89, collecting data two, four, and eight years later. From these data we have both quantitative and qualitative indicators relevant to adoption subsidies. Second, we drew on data from the administrative data system that holds subsidy information for children adopted in the State of California during the 1988-89 fiscal year. Third, we had access to data about the adopted children and the adopting families derived from characteristics reports completed by the social workers at the time of the children's placements for adoption (Form 42-[R]elinquishment; see Appendix A). These three data sources were used to examine patterns of adoption subsidy changes, including changes in relation to child and parent characteristics and subsequent residential placement.

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