A study of adoptions from foster care finds that it is too early to assess whether the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act increased the likelihood of adoption for children who entered the foster care system after the law was passed. The August 2002 study by Wulczyn, of the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, also found that contrary to conventional wisdom that helped shape the ASFA expediting provisions, adoptions during the early- to mid-nineties were not taking longer to complete than previously. The analysis of data from the Multistate Foster Care Data Archive reveals that while the likelihood of adoption increased, the likelihood of family reunification decreased even before ASFA, and indicates that trend continues post-ASFA for children who entered foster care before 1997.
COMPREHENSIVE, COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH CARE SYSTEM RECOMMENDED FOR FOSTER CHILDREN
The Georgetown University Child Development Center recently released two reports on meeting the health care needs of children in foster care. The reports recommend creating a comprehensive, community-based health care system composed of eleven critical components, such as coordination of care and collaboration among systems, and provide examples of lessons learned from providers. The "Summary of State and Community Efforts" and "Strategies for Implementation" reports also identify challenges, promising approaches, implementation strategies, and policy recommendations.
PROMINENT AUTHOR/EDUCATOR NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ADOPTION INSTITUTE
Adam Pertman - an award-winning expert on adoption and family issues, as well as a Pulitzer-nominated journalist - will become the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute's new executive director on Dec. 1. Pertman is the author of "Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming America" (Basic Books) one of the most important and influential books ever written in the field. He also founded the Adoption Nation Education Initiative, which will be integrated into the Adoption Institute as a new and innovative division devoted exclusively to educational activities.
4. Facts & Stats
AMERICANS SUPPORT EMPLOYEE BENEFITS FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS
Nearly all Americans (95%) think that adoptive parents should receive the same maternity and paternity employee benefits as biological parents.
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5. About The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE
Since 1996, the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a national not-for-profit organization, has advanced sound adoption policy and practice for adopted people, adoptive families and birth parents. The Adoption Institute gathers, analyzes and synthesizes the best available information from research and practical experience to identify and develop the most effective policies and practices to increase the numbers of permanent and loving families for waiting children, as well as to provide positive life-long experiences for all participants. Working with lawmakers, practitioners and researchers, the Adoption Institute strives to improve the ethics of adoption policy and practice, and the day-to-day experiences of everyone involved.
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