Brief

Failed adoptions are an increasing trend, and result in trauma to the children who are directly affected. This article makes the case for pre- and post-adoptive services to improve the likelihood of successful adoptions, based on stronger alliances between mental health practitioners, social service providers and others. 

December 8, 1998

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Reasons why many children enter foster care, or the adoption system.

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    Why many adoptions fail.

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    What happens to children when adoptions fail.

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    Challenges of raising an adopted child.

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    Adoption services that work.

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    How to strengthen collaboration among mental health practitioners, social service providers and others.

Key Takeaway

Adoption Services

When adoptions fail, it takes a toll on the children and families involved. Children are returned to their state's system of care, and are often cycled from one foster home to another. Providing services to adoptive parents and children before and after adoption can help make the process work for everyone.

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