ERIC Number: ED391118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Providing Post Legal Family Support and Parent Training to Parents Who Adopt Sexually Abused, Attachment Disordered Children through a Public Agency.
Reitman, Melinda T.
No effective system existed in an Illinois state child welfare agency to provide post legal education and training to every parent who had adopted a sexually abused, attachment disordered child through this agency. Adoptions were failing because post placement support and training was not available to parents who had adopted special needs children. The goal of this project was to improve the parenting ability of participating adoptive parents and to create a sense of support among this population. A 12-week family support and educational process was designed and implemented to assist parents who had been identified as struggling to maintain their adoptive placement. The curriculum included extensive information on attachment and sexual abuse. Parents were given specific behavior management techniques researched and designed to improve the emotional health of special needs adoptees. A pre- and post-training questionnaire was administered to parents in order to assess the effectiveness of their support and educational experience. Improved understanding of their children was reported, as well as improved parenting skills. Children reported an overall sense of improved well-being. Staff reported improved agency community relations and lessened frustration. Appendices provide forms and questionnaires used in this study. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Practicum Report, Nova University.