Assessing the Field of Post-Adoption Services: Family Needs, Program Models, and Evaluation Issues. Case Study Report. 5.3.1 Preserving Adoptive Families


State adoption program managers shared the belief that the primary purpose of PAS programs was to help adoptive families stay together and to prevent out-of-home placements among adopted children. The Georgia adoption program manager reported that the concept of permanency had been integrated into the goals of the state adoption program. A Texas PAS provider felt that a family was considered to be together, even if a child were placed outside the home, if the adoptive parents were still involved in the childs care.

Adoption program managers noted that PAS programs were part of larger efforts to support and preserve adoptive families. Oregons adoption program manager described the PAS program as one side of a triangle of services for adoptive families, with the other two sides being adoption subsidies and the states open door policy designed to extend ongoing support to families who adopted children from the state. In Virginia, the adoption program manager and the PAS coordinator reported that the PAS program was designed to create incentives for system change by (1) developing post-adoption services; (2) increasing community coordination and collaboration in providing these services; and (3) increasing adoption competency and cultural sensitivity among health, mental health, and education providers who serve adoptive families.

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