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An investigation of family finding and matching in adoption - briefing paper

Farmer, Elaine and Dance, Cherilyn and Beecham, Jennifer and Bonin, Eva-Maria and Ouwejan, Danielle (2010) An investigation of family finding and matching in adoption - briefing paper. DFE-RBX-10-05. Department for Education, London, UK. ISBN 9781847757685

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Identification Number: DFE-RBX-10-05

Abstract

The objective of this study, based on 149 children who had an adoption recommendation at panel and conducted in 10 English local authorities, was to examine the effectiveness, outcomes and costs of different family finding methods and matching practices in adoption. The authorities used one of four different approaches to family finding and matching: early transfer of case responsibility to adoption workers, using in-house profiling events as a primary method of family finding, using formal monitoring processes to track the progress of adoption cases, and using the Adult Attachment Interview in assessing prospective adoptive families. This paper summarises the key findings, covering quality of information, family finding, matching, quality of the matches made, delay, the relationship between practice approaches and delay, failure to match and diversion from adoption, support, the costs of family finding, matching and post-adoption support, and the outcomes of the adoptive placements.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Official URL: http://www.education.gov.uk/
Additional Information: © 2010 The authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2011 09:56
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2011 10:55
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/38230

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