Performance Improvement 2011-2012. What Post-Adoption Supports Are Provided to Children Adopted From Foster Care?

01/01/2012

Using the same data sources as in the previous entry, researchers prepared a second analysis presenting information on post-adoption supports and services including adoption subsidy payments, Medicaid coverage, and other services such as support groups for parents and children.

Children adopted from foster care may receive a variety of post-adoption supports. Ninety-two percent of children had adoption agreements with the public child welfare agency, and over three-quarters (78 percent) of children adopted from foster care received a monthly subsidy payment. Adoption subsidies and Medicaid were by far the most common supports received by children adopted from foster care. But a wide variety of both adoption-specific and more general services were utilized by substantial percentages of children. In the case of seven services specifically asked about in the survey, between 10 and 20 percent of children's parents indicated that they desired but did not receive the services. Overall, 35 percent of children adopted from foster care did not receive at least one adoption-specific support their adoptive parents thought would have been helpful. These included tutoring, mentoring, child-care assistance, parenting training, parent support groups, child support groups and respite care. Making such services accessible to more adoptive families could address the stress and isolation often experienced by children adopted from foster care and their adoptive parents.

Report Title: Children Adopted from Foster Care: Adoption Agreements, Adoption Subsidies, and Other Post-Adoption Supports http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/09/NSAP/Brief2/rb.shtml
Agency Sponsor: OASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Laura Radel, 202-690-5938
Performer: Child Trends
Record ID: 9199.3 (Report issued May 15, 2011)

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