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Support for adoption placements: the first six months

Bonin, Eva-Maria, Beecham, Jennifer, Dance, Cherilyn, Farmer, Elaine (2013) Support for adoption placements: the first six months. British Journal of Social Work, 44 (6). pp. 1508-1525. ISSN 0045-3102. E-ISSN 1468-263X. (doi:10.1093/bjsw/bct008) (KAR id:33544)


Adoption can provide stability and improved outcomes for looked after children, but the support needs of adoptive families range from financial support to managing difficult behaviours and attachment problems. This study looks at the use of services and associated costs over a six-month period through data collected from nineteen adoptive parents six months after a child (average age twenty-three months) had been placed with them for adoption and at the patterns of service needs, usefulness of services and satisfaction with services, supplemented with data from twenty-seven families who were interviewed about their experience of post-adoption support. In line with previous research findings, the core element of support was provided by social workers and over a third of families received financial support from social service departments. Involvement of specialist services such as mental health professionals and educational support was low, probably because of the children’s young age. Satisfaction with the support provided by social workers varied and depended on their relationship with the parents. The mean public sector cost of services was £2,842 (range £980–£6,270) and most costs were borne by children’s social services. These support costs compare favourably with other placement options such as children’s homes or foster-care.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/bjsw/bct008
Uncontrolled keywords: Adoption support; costs; service use; social work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Jane Dennett
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2013 14:47 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:10 UTC
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