ERIC Number: ED156320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the New York State Adoption Exchange. Final Report.
Welfare Research, Inc., Albany, NY.
This paper describes a project designed to evaluate the New York State Adoption Exchange, a program providing information on adoptable children and families approved for adoption across the state of New York. The first section of the paper describes the rationale for the development of the evaluation project. The second section traces the problems of the Adoption Exchange from its inception as a voluntary program in the 1950's to the present compulsory exchange system. The next four sections of the paper present the objectives, methodology, findings, and implications of the evaluation project. Utilizing primarily surveys of agencies and citizens involved in the adoption process, the project's findings emphasize the inadequacy of the current exchange. The findings highlight the problem of placing the school-aged, Black, or seriously handicapped children who represent the majority of children listed. Recommendations from the project emphasize the need for recruiting families who are willing to accept these children. The project also emphasizes the need for increased interagency communication, increased communication between adoptive parent organizations and social service agencies, more skilled staff, and a more workable information system. The paper includes tables and appendices illustrating various aspects of the exchange program and the evaluation project. (BD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Dept. of Social Services, Albany.
Authoring Institution: Welfare Research, Inc., Albany, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York