Performance Improvement 2004. Assessing the field of post-adoption services: family needs, program models, and evaluation issues - case study report


The purpose of the project was to bring together what we know about post adoption services from existing research, what we can learn from the analysis of national and/or multi-state data and visits to existing programs, and to suggest an agenda for future federal research on these issues, particularly as they arise from the Adoption and Safe Families Act. This report provides case studies of post-adoption services models in place in five states: Georgia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas and Virginia. The child welfare field has spent a great deal of time during the last several years focusing on increasing the number of children adopted from the public child welfare system. The increasing number of children adopted has given rise to concerns about the need for improved post-adoption services to support adoptive families who may experience difficulties. Through several analytical methods, this project has explored the service needs of families following the adoption of a child from the public child welfare system and has assessed the “state of the art” in the current array of post adoption services. Site visits were conducted to programs in each of the five states during 1991. Sites were selected to include well- regarded programs that varied in structure and services offered. During site visits, study staff interviewed state adoption program managers and post-adoption services providers/coordinators and conducted  focus groups with adoptive parents. The case study was designed to address the following research questions: (1) What are the service needs of families following adoption of a child from the public child welfare system? (2) What are the characteristics of existing post-adoption services programs?, and (3) How are post-adoption services programs monitoring and assessing their performance.

PIC ID: 7952.4
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Radel, Laura, 202-690-5938
Performer: Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC

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