ERIC Number: ED156319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Test of Regional Planning in Adoption. Final Report.
Welfare Research, Inc., Albany, NY.
This report presents findings from the evaluation of the Regional Adoption Program in New York, a program designed to recruit adoptive families for hard-to-place children. Two hundred children averaging 11 years in age constituted the project's target population. Nearly half these children had a diagnosed medical problem, one fourth a diagnosed psychological problem, and more than half a caseworker-noted behavioral problem. Of the 108 families initially recruited, 61 continued on to a second group session in which background information relevant to adoption of such children was provided. Data from the analysis of the project children are compared with data from the target population of Operation Placement, a similar demonstration project in another geographic area. The relationships between medical, psychological or behavior problem conditions noted in the children and their length of time in foster care, their placement likelihood, and placement disruptions are examined. The effects of the children's sex and race on placement likelihood is also examined. Data for project-recruited families are compared to data for families who had been approved as potential adoptive families by the agency prior to the inception of the Regional Adoption Program. The two family groups are compared on: (1) age, (2) education, (3) income, (4) whether both parents work, (5) whether they already had children, and (6) how many were matched with an adoptive child. The mode of publicity most effective in recruiting project families is also examined. Evaluation and program barriers are described and the feasibility of replicating the project is discussed. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Dept. of Social Services, Albany.
Authoring Institution: Welfare Research, Inc., Albany, NY.