100815: Family Characteristics and Dynamics Among Families Receiving Postadoption Services

About the Course:

Postadoption services are an expanding service sector. This study determined the characteristics of families and children using a postadoption services program in New England. On average, children were 11 years of age at case opening and had been adopted for 6 years. Most had a history of maltreatment (57%), were adopted domestically (67%), and lived in adoptive families with married parents (82%). Almost all had received at least 1 other postadoption service (90%) and many (47%) had received 4 or more. Families greatest concerns were child development and family relationships, with fewer concerns about culture, race, or birth parents. Although managing their children’s behavior was a concern, families reported feeling effective and expressed considerable closeness to their child. COURSE SYLLABUS I. Introduction II. Characteristics That May be Associated with Greater Need for or Use of Postadoption Services III. Characteristics of Families and Children Who Use Clinical Postadoption Services IV. Closeness in Adoptive Families V. Approach to the Study VI. Method VII. Results VIII. Discusssion


Families in Society (Alliance for Children and Families)

Publication Date:

2005/ Vol. 86, No. 4


Renate Houts; Richard P. Barth, PhD; Deborah Gibbs, PhD

About the Authors:

Research Statistician Psychologist RTI International

Professor School of Social Work University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Senior Health and Social Policy Analyst RTI International

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about families and postadoption services. It is appropriate for participants with intermediate to advanced levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. describe characteristics and dynamics among families receiving postadoption services.

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