ERIC Number: ED353735
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Permanency Planning for Children with Developmental Disabilities in Pennsylvania: The Lessons of Project Star [and] Executive Summary.
Taylor, Steven J.; And Others
This report examines "permanency planning" and "special needs adoption" for children with disabilities, based on the experience of Project STAR in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Project STAR (Specialized Training for Adoption Readiness) was established in 1985 to provide support services for families of children with disabilities and to locate alternative family placement for children who cannot live with their birth families. Project STAR's adoption services fall into five categories: permanency assessment and preparation of child; family recruitment and preparation; family and child preplacement/placement; post-placement services; and post-finalization services. Factors accounting for the success of Project STAR's adoption efforts are outlined, such as offering support services responsive to the needs of adoptive families. Project STAR's permanency planning activities attempt to build or strengthen permanent and stable family relationships for children, and involve family preservation, family involvement with their children placed out of home, family reunification, and finding other permanent options. The policy context of children and youth services and mental health/mental retardation services in Pennsylvania is discussed. Policy issues that impact specifically on Project STAR's mission are then examined, and recommendations are offered. An appendix describes the methodology used in the policy analysis, and an executive summary is provided as a separate document. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)