Providing post-adoption services to combat adoption disruption
The provision of post-adoption services to combat adoption disruption
Adoption disruption has severe mental, emotional and financial consequences. Adoption occurs in two stages: initially, a child is assigned adoptive parents and moves into a home, followed by the legal recognition of the adoption. Adoption disruption refers to the reversal of the adoption in the first stage, and a dissolution in the second. An estimated 20% of adopted children in the United States require relocation to foster care, care homes or placement with new adoptive parents. This study seeks to examine the impact of a cost effective and convenient post-adoption service in collaboration with an international NGO. The provision of such an operational tool will provide insight into how relationships, well-being and satisfaction can be improved within the adoption service.