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ERIC Number: EJ1113375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Postadoption and Guardianship: An Evaluation of the Adoption Preservation, Assessment, and Linkage Program
Liao, Minli; Testa, Mark
Research on Social Work Practice, v26 n6 p675-685 Oct 2016
Objectives: This study evaluated the effects of the Adoption Preservation, Assessment, and Linkage (APAL) postpermanency program. Method: A quasi-experimental, posttest-only design was used to estimate the program's effects on youth discharged from foster care to adoption or legal guardianship. A random sample was surveyed (female = 44.7%; African American = 94%) and tracked with administrative data. The primary analysis estimated the program's effect of being assigned to the intervention, whereas a supplementary analysis estimated the effects of actually receiving the services. Results: The APAL program was associated with higher levels of caregiver commitment, fewer youth behavior problems, and lower odds of placement discontinuity. Conclusion: Offering postpermanency outreach services to families might help reinforce caregiver commitment and promote children's well-being.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois
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