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Atkinson, Anne; Gonet, Patricia – Child Welfare, 2007
In-depth interviews with 500 adoptive families who received postadoption services through Virginia's Adoptive Family Preservation (AFP) program paint a richly detailed picture of the challenges adoptive families face and what they need to sustain adoption for many years after finalization. Findings document the need for support in a variety of…
Descriptors: Technical Assistance, Adoption, Interviews, Family (Sociological Unit)
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Houston, Doris M.; Kramer, Laurie – Child Welfare, 2008
The purpose of this study was to assess the extent to which agency and nonagency supportive resources contributed to the stability and well-being of 34 newly adoptive families over 3-years. Results revealed significant pre- to postadoption declines in families' contact and satisfaction with formal and informal helping resources. Greater…
Descriptors: Placement, Followup Studies, Adoption, Foster Care
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Christenson, Brian; McMurtry, Jerry – Child Welfare, 2007
In 2003, Idaho selected the Foster PRIDE/Adopt PRIDE preservice training and resource family development program. PRIDE participants (n=228) completed a pre and posttest survey based on the PRIDE training competencies in 2004-2005. Results indicate that PRIDE is an effective training and resource family development program. Providing and…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Parent Education, Foster Care, Adoption
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McRoy, Ruth; Mica, Maryanne; Freundlich, Madelyn; Kroll, Joe – Child Welfare, 2007
The Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994 and the Interethnic Adoption Provisions of 1996 (MEPA-IEP) require states to develop plans that "provide for the diligent recruitment of potential foster and adoptive families that reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of children in the state for whom foster and adoptive homes are needed." This…
Descriptors: Recruitment, Placement, African American Children, Minority Group Children
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Matthews, John D.; Cramer, Elizabeth P. – Child Welfare, 2006
Although a growing number of child placement agencies are serving lesbians and gay men, a dearth of literature exists for adoption agency policies and practices related to working with this population. This article explores the unique characteristics and strengths of prospective gay and lesbian adoptive parents throughout each of the three phases…
Descriptors: Adoption, Parents, Homosexuality, Heads of Households
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Freundlich, Madelyn; Heffernan, Maureen; Jacobs, Jill – Child Welfare, 2004
As the population of children in foster care has increased and more children are freed for adoption, foster and adoptive families are needed in ever increasing numbers. One avenue for expanding the pool of families is through placement of children with families in other counties and states. This article considers the policy and practice…
Descriptors: Placement, Counties, Adoption, Foster Care
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Jones, Martha L. – Child Welfare, 1979
For the older child moving into adoptive placement, a careful and knowledgeable preparation of both child and adoptive family is essential for success. (Author/SE)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Adoption, Children, Depression (Psychology)
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Backhaus, Kristina A. – Child Welfare, 1989
Describes the initiative taken by an organization to address the lack of appropriate therapeutic resources for adoptive children or members of their adoptive families who seek mental health treatment. Categorizes knowledge and expertise needed by therapists to assist adoptive families. (SKC)
Descriptors: Adopted Children, Adoption, Counselor Role, Counselor Training
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Bradbury, Shirley A.; Marsh, Marilyn R. – Child Welfare, 1988
Illustrates how family systems theory has influenced the adoption services for infants at a family services agency, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County (Michigan), and describes the evolving practice of open communication between biological families and adoptive families. (BB)
Descriptors: Adoption, Agency Role, Biological Parents, Extended Family
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Pannor, Reuben; Nerlove, Evelyn A. – Child Welfare, 1977
Describes a short-term group experience focused on the specific vulnerability of adoptive families during adoptee adolescence. Eight adoptive families met for several group sessions with a therapist--parents in one group, adolescent children in another. Problems discussed included attitudes towards biological parents and children's reluctance to…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adopted Children, Adoption, Child Rearing
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Mallon, Gerald P. – Child Welfare, 2007
Foster care and adoption by gay men and lesbians is not a new phenomenon. Children and youth have always been placed by states and public agencies in homes with gay and lesbian parents. Some gay men and lesbians have fostered or adopted children independently from private agencies or have made private adoption arrangements with individual…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, Private Agencies, Placement, Homosexuality
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Olds, Charles B. – Child Welfare, 1970
Suggests that adoptive family, rather than the agency, decide how soon after placement of the child, the family is ready to legally adopt him. (NH)
Descriptors: Adoption, Caseworkers, Counseling Services, Legal Problems
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Marcellus, Lenora – Child Welfare, 2010
As the health, social, and developmental needs of infants in foster care become more complex, foster families are challenged to develop specialized knowledge to effectively address these needs. The goal of this qualitative research study was to identify the process of becoming a foster family and providing family foster caregiving within the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Infants, Placement, Foster Care
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Brown, Eva – Child Welfare, 1988
Describes a systematic approach to recruitment of prospective adoptive families for children with developmental disabilities. The recruitment methodology, preliminary conclusions, and implications for future recruitment of families are presented. (Author/RWB)
Descriptors: Adopted Children, Adoption, Developmental Disabilities, Foster Children
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Lichtenstein, Tovah – Child Welfare, 1996
A study identified adoption, family, and biographical variables that differentiated between adoptees who told or did not tell their adoptive parents about their search for their biological parents. Findings lend support to the importance of adoptive family discussion and suggest that the feelings about adoption of adoptive mothers and adoptive…
Descriptors: Adopted Children, Adoption, Adoptive Parents, Biological Parents
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