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Title: Descriptive Analysis of Foster Care Adoptions in New South Wales, Australia
Contributor(s): del Pozo de Bolger, Andrea (author)orcid ; Dunstan, Debra (author)orcid ; Kaltner, Melissa (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1080/0312407x.2017.1335759
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Abstract: This paper describes the population of children in care in New South Wales, Australia, who were adopted by their foster families (N = 372) from 2003 to 2014. Data pertaining to 370 of these adoptees were available and obtained from administrative records accompanying adoption applications. Most of these children had been placed with their subsequent adoptive family during infancy. However, adoption orders occurred much later in their lives. According to the available information at the time of adoption, these children did not suffer the high levels of mental health problems typically identified in populations of children in foster care. Though the data do not include follow-up to determine if the contact agreed upon at the time of adoption orders translated into practice, the most frequently postadoption arrangement recorded was face-toface contact, four times a year with mother and siblings. The high levels of openness and face-to-face contact in Australian adoptions from care are a significant point of difference with other adoption models, and presents a need for research in the area.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Social Work, 70(4), p. 477-490
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1447-0748
Field of Research (FOR): 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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