ERIC Number: ED118238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: N/A
Families for Black Children: The Search for Adoptive Parents. II. Programs and Projects.
Sandusky, Annie Lee; And Others
This report is a collection of abstracts describing the salient features of 20 adoption programs for children and infants of black and biracial background and attempts to delineate those program features which appear to be associated with effectiveness. Information on each program was collected by means of an unstructured interview with individuals at various staff and administrative levels. An account of each program is given under the following headings: Duration; auspices; purpose; staff involved; methods; community involvement; publicity; intra-agency modifications or innovations; inter-agency efforts; problems and obstacles encountered; steps taken to solve problems, if any; factors reported as most helpful; and cost to adoptive parent. Certain themes were recurrent in the summaries: (1) the primary goal of all programs was to find adoptive homes for black and mixed background children, (2) the auspices of the programs varied considerably, (3) nearly all respondents gave top priority to involvement of the black community in the development of programs, policies and procedures, (4) state, county and municipal departments of of Public welfare play an important role in the workings of adoption agencies, (5) respondents stressed the importance of inter-agency cooperation and coordination for effectiveness, (6) limited funds and staff account for restricted efforts to increase the number of adoptive placements, and (7) most programs attempt to inform the public about the magnitude and urgency of the need usually through use of mass media. (GO)
Descriptors: Adoption, Agency Cooperation, Black Community, Black Youth, Community Organizations, Coordination, Financial Support, Interviews, Multiracial Persons, National Surveys, Private Agencies, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Public Agencies, Welfare Agencies
Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. 20402 (DHEW Publication No. (OCD) 72-35)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.