Post-Adoption Services in the United States
Though many adoptive parents might initially disagree, the period leading up to an adoption is often perceived as perhaps the easiest part of the process. While the matching of adoptive parents to child has a significant impact on the ultimate success of the adoption process, post-adoption services, such as counseling, can be critical to the adjustment and well-being of parents and child.
In a recent study by the Donaldson Adoption Institute, researchers looked at the different types of post-adoption services offered across the United States, including who is eligible to receive them and how they are funded. Specifically, the study evaluated:
- The types of educational programs and materials available
- Information and referral programs
- Therapeutic and counseling opportunities
- Residential services
- Support mechanisms
- Advocacy programs
Forty nine states participated in the study. Researchers found that nearly 75% (36 of the 49) had at least mid-level services, whereas 17 states had developed a number of the above services. Thirteen states had no special services for adoptive families other than an adoption tax credit or subsidy.
The study also found that the majority of states—28—only offered post-adoption services to families who had adopted children through a foster care program.
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