Keeping the Promise

Published this month by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute…   Keeping The Promise: The Critical Need for Post-Adoption Services to Enable Children and Families to Succeed, by Susan Livingston Smith

 

Click here to read this just-published report…an extensive examination of adoptive families in the United States. It concludes that too many are not receiving the essential services they need, and calls for a reshaping of national priorities and resources to develop and provide such services

Over the last two decades, our nation has seen steep increases in the number of adoptions from foster care; we have made considerable progress in finding enduring families for children who have suffered from abuse, neglect, multiple placements, institutionalization and other pre-adoption experiences that can cause them physical, psychological, emotional and developmental harm.

Now the paradigm has to shift, and our priority must be not only to achieve permanency, but also to assure that adoptive parents receive the supports they need to raise their children to healthy adulthood.

This research-based report represents the most extensive compilation of knowledge in the area of post-adoption services to date. Its goal is to broaden the understanding of this critical issue by the public, professionals and policymakers, and to promote a realignment of state and national priorities and resources so that effective, accessible supports for sustaining and strengthening adoptive families become a routine, ongoing reality. The bottom line is that best practices should entail not only helping to form families, but also enabling them to succeed.

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