Adoption Discontinuity in Intensive Out-of-Home Care Settings

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This study sought to understand previous adoption experiences of youth placed in residential, group, and treatment foster care settings. A secondary analysis of an existing point-in-time prevalence study of 869 youth in 38 private residential, group home, and treatment foster care facilities were conducted. Gender, race, number of placements, and having a developmental disability were variables that significantly explained adoption disruption while placement histories and race/ethnicity significantly explained adoption dissolutions. Findings suggest the need for ongoing worker, provider and caregiver training and the importance of understanding a youth’s adoption history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-329
Number of pages23
JournalAdoption Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2019

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  • Adoption
  • adoption discontinuity
  • child welfare
  • out-of-home care


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