• May 2010
  • Vol. 11, No. 4

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Survey Shows Postadoption Services Needs

Postadoption services can help families who have adopted a child from foster care, through private adoption, or internationally. However, not all families can access postadoption services, and a lack of services may have negative effects on the child or family's well-being and may also increase the chances of adoption disruption or dissolution. To address this concern, the New York State Citizens' Coalition for Children (NYSCCC) conducted an assessment of the State's postadoption services to determine what services were currently available to families and to identify service gaps. The Final Report: Parents and Professionals Identify Post Adoption Services Needs in NYS provides a summary of the findings of this assessment and offers recommendations for future services. A copy of the survey instrument is also available.

The survey was conducted from December 2009 to January 2010 and included foster and adoptive parents and professionals working with these populations from 13 postadoption service programs that served 20 counties. NYCCC developed a 10-question survey, which was posted online and distributed electronically to these target audiences. A total of 451 questionnaires were completed.

The survey found that the most commonly used services for families were parent groups, mental health services, and education and training. When asked about services they needed that were not available, the most common answers were respite care, teen groups, and kid groups.

Participants were also asked about the barriers they face in accessing services. The following are the top four barriers faced by parents and professionals:

  • Lack of information about services
  • Lack of adequate child care
  • High costs of services
  • Lack of transportation

The survey findings clearly indicate that postadoption services are needed in the State, and service delivery needs to be improved. NYCCC makes the following recommendations for adoption agencies:

  • Develop a central or regional office for information that families can access via hotlines or websites for information about services.
  • Provide more training to adoption-specific service providers and/or mental health providers to better meet the needs of families.
  • Create collaborations or alliances with nationally known mental health centers to provide another support service to families and professionals.
  • Strengthen support groups to meet the needs of children, youth, and parents.
  • Explore grant options, such as grants for respite care services.

The full report is available on the NYSCCC website:

http://nysccc.org/adoption/post-adoption-services/postadoptsurvey (743 KB)

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