Adoption Advocate No. 72
What are the Factors Leading to Broken Adoptions?
Authored By: Dawn J. Post
While broken adoptions represent only a small percentage of adoptions, it is crucial for adoption and child welfare advocates to study these cases in order to better understand the contributing factors and help prevent future broken adoptions. In the June 2014 issue of NCFA's Adoption Advocate, Dawn J. Post of the Children’s Law Center New York (CLCNY) describes the results of a six-month case study undertaken to examine cases of children whose adoptions did not result in lasting permanency.Continue Reading
Adoption Advocate No. 69
Mental Health Professionals’ Attitudes and Expectations About Adoption and Adopted Children
Authored By: Dawn K. Kriebel, Ph.D. and Kathleen Whitten, Ph.D.
In the March 2014 issue of NCFA's Adoption Advocate, psychologists Dr. Dawn Kriebel and Dr. Kathleen Whitten examine expectations and training/education needs among mental health professionals serving members of the adoption triad, particularly adopted children. Dr. Kriebel and Dr. Whitten briefly review recent published studies about the adjustment of adopted children, and present their own research findings on clinicians' attitudes and beliefs regarding adoptees.Continue Reading
Adoption Advocate No. 62
Supporting Children and Families When Adoption Dissolution Occurs
Authored By: Jon Bergeron, Jr., Ph.D. and Robin Pennington
It is estimated that between 1% and 10% of adoptions result in dissolution. In the August issue of NCFA's Adoption Advocate, authors Jon Bergeron, Jr., Ph.D. and Robin Pennington highlight ways to help and support those involved in an adoption dissolution, beginning with the child. The article also includes recommendations for those working with relinquishing parents as well as re-adopting parents.Continue Reading
Adoption Advocate No. 53
National Adoption Month 2012: Life-Changing Programs for Children and Families
Authored By: Jaclyn Newton
National Council For Adoption (NCFA) is privileged to work with many organizations and programs that advocate on behalf of children, birthparents, and adoptive families. In honor of National Adoption Month, we have taken the opportunity to highlight just a few of the many important programs serving youth in foster care, orphaned and vulnerable children, expectant parents considering adoption, and adoptive families.Continue Reading
Adoption Advocate No. 37
Fathers, Families, and Friends: Involving and Prioritizing a Pregnant Client's Support System
Authored By: Ashley Morris
In the July 2011 issue of the Adoption Advocate, Ashley Morris discusses the important role that a birth mother’s support system will have on her decision in making an adoption plan. She encourages social workers and other adoption professionals to consider a woman’s family and friends in order to support her in making a fully informed decision; this may including helping a woman examine her relationships, providing education to her family, or including those important to her in the adoption process.Continue Reading
Adoption Advocate No. 26
Summary Report of NCFA's National Adoption Conference, July 7-9, 2010
Authored By: Elisa Rosman, Ph.D.
The National Adoption Conference of 2010 summary includes debriefing on the topics discussed, the keynote address on racial disproportionality, transracial adoptee testimony, and preparation for families to expand into transracial and transcultural identities, among others.Continue Reading
Adoption Advocate No. 19
Health Insurance for Adopted Children
Authored By: Mark McDermott, J.D. with Elisa Rosman, Ph.D.
Health Insurance is difficult to understand in the easiest scenarios, but by bringing adopted children into the mix, understanding how and what they qualify for creates daunting barriers. Mark McDermott explores the background of legal rights, the nuts and bolts, and state by state laws of health insurance for your children.Continue Reading
Adoption Advocate No. 5
Parent Recruitment and Training: A Crucial, Neglected Child Welfare Strategy
Authored By: Marc Zappala
Parent recruitment for adoption from foster care is a vital part of revolutionizing the foster care system. There are growing numbers in foster care which promise to only increase, but without the influx of guardians to match it. There are a record number of youths aging from foster care, and parent recruitment could change the trends across America.Continue Reading