Assessing the Field of Post-Adoption Services: Family Needs, Program Models, and Evaluation Issues. Analysis of Secondary Data. Adoption Dissolution, Disruption, and Supports in North Carolina

11/01/2002

These analyses of administrative foster care and adoption data address adoption disruption and dissolution as well as subsidies. Their purpose is, in part, to gain some insight into the adoption and subsidy dynamics in North Carolina. More fundamentally, however, they are intended to demonstrate the strengths and limitations of research methods in states whose approach to storing administrative data is similar to that of North Carolina and to determine what additional information might need to be collected and stored in order to refine these analyses. The data files used for this work are maintained by the North Carolina Department of Social Services and cover the last 10 years.

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