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


This project employed several analytic methods to explore the service needs of families following the adoption of a child from the public child welfare system and assessed the “state of the art” in the current array of post adoption services. 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 summary report provides a brief description of each study component (literature review, case studies of post-adoption services programs, evaluation issues, and secondary data analysis, each of which is described in full detail in separate reports) and concludes with discussions of the current status of post-adoption services and strategies to move the field forward.

PIC ID: 7952
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Radel, Laura, 202-690-5938
Performer: RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC


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