Linking and matching: a survey of adoption agency practice in England and Wales

Dance, Cherilyn and Ouwejan, Danielle and Beecham, Jennifer and Farmer, Elaine (2010) Linking and matching: a survey of adoption agency practice in England and Wales. British Association of Adoption and Fostering, London, 198 pp. ISBN 978 1 905664 82 5. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Placing children, many of whom have complex needs, with an unrelated adoptive family is one of the most important decisions in child care. It is also potentially one of the most difficult. The first part of the adoption puzzle has always been how best to make judgements about which families may be right for which children – making a good match. There has been little research to date on how decisions are made about which family to choose for a child, and whether particular practice approaches reduce delay and have better outcomes. This survey of adoption agencies in England and Wales, part of the Adoption Research Initiative, comprises the first stage of a larger research study, ‘An Investigation of Family Finding and Matching in Adoption’. It captures a snapshot of current linking and matching practice, revealing varying costs and outcomes for children, innovative practice and diametrically opposed views about this subject amongst practitioners. Linking and Matching will be of particular interest to child care and adoption practitioners in both local authority and voluntary adoption agencies, as well as those charged with strategic planning and policy.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Rosalyn Bass
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2010 10:37
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 09:05
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