Assessing the Field of Post-Adoption Services: Family Needs, Program Models, and Evaluation Issues. Case Study Report. 2.2.2 Interviews


Site interviews were semistructured, collecting information to address the studys primary research questions on client needs, existing services, and program evaluation efforts. The team interviewed a broad range of service-based stakeholders with direct involvement in post-adoption programs and services, gathering information on the opportunities and challenges in developing PAS programs, providing services, and tracking client outcomes.

Questions were based on primary research topics (Exhibit 2-1). Specific questions asked of each interviewee varied, according to the circumstances of the program and the role and expertise of the individual. The team also used additional questions based on preliminary review of the informal ILSU interviews with state adoption agency directors. At the time of this report ILSU staff had conducted interviews with state adoption coordinators in 36 states.

Exhibit 2-1.
Topics Addressed in Interviews
Need: What is the extent of need for post-adoption services and supports as measured by the following:
  • Utilization of, and satisfaction with, existing services
  • Utilization of subsidies and reasons that subsidy levels are changed
  • Demand from adoptive families
  • Assessment by child welfare agencies and adoption service providers

Existing Programs: What are the characteristics of existing PAS programs in terms of the following?

  • Goals
  • Program model (direct service delivery, referral, and support; subsidies and service vouchers)
  • Program history (why selected model, perceived strengths and weaknesses of current model, changes to model under consideration)
  • Types of services provided
  • Target population (by type of adoption, race/ethnicity, special needs)
  • Funding source (Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program [Title IV-B, Subpart 2], Adoption 2002, other sources)

Evaluation: How are programs monitoring and assessing their effectiveness?

  • Extent to which evaluations are planned or in place
  • Measures used (utilization, changes in disruptions/displacement/dissolution, satisfaction, family functioning)
  • Accountability standards implemented for contracted services
  • Opportunities for future evaluations

Note: Questions varied according to the role of the person interviewed.

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