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Post-Legal Adoption Services For Children With Special Needs and Their Families: Challenges and Lessons Learned.
With the goal of expanding and enhancing services to adoptive families of children with special needs, post-legal adoption services have been established in annual adoption discretionary grant announcements. Under that priority area in 1998, 15 3-year grants were awarded to increase permanency and well-being for children with special needs by preventing adoption disruption, dissolution, or out-of-home placement. This briefing paper synthesizes the final reports of those 15 projects. The projects targeted post-legal adoptive families and their children with special needs, pre-adoptive families, single adoptive parents, transracial adoptive families, kinship families. Core services included parent support and educational groups, children s support and educational groups, information and referral, and training for service providers.
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Acknowledgment(s): This synthesis was made possible by the Children's Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The conclusions discussed here are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views or policies of the funding agency. Publication does not in any way constitute an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2005). Post-legal adoption services for children with special needs and their families: Challenges and lessons learned. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.
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