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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/302071
Title:
Support for adoption placements: the first six months
Authors:
Beecham, Jennifer; Bonin, Eva-Maria; Dance, Cherilyn; Farmer, Elaine
Abstract:
Adoption can provide stability and improved outcomes for looked after children, but the support needs of adoptive families range from financial support to managing difficult behaviours and attachment problems. This study looks at the use of services and associated costs over a six-month period through data collected from nineteen adoptive parents six months after a child (average age twenty-three months) had been placed with them for adoption and at the patterns of service needs, usefulness of services and satisfaction with services, supplemented with data from twenty-seven families who were interviewed about their experience of post-adoption support. In line with previous research findings, the core element of support was provided by social workers and over a third of families received financial support from social service departments. Involvement of specialist services such as mental health professionals and educational support was low, probably because of the children's young age. Satisfaction with the support provided by social workers varied and depended on their relationship with the parents. The mean public sector cost of services was £2,842 (range £980–£6,270) and most costs were borne by children's social services. These support costs compare favourably with other placement options such as children's homes or foster-care.
Affiliation:
London School of Economics and Political Science; Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire; University of Bristol
Citation:
Bonin, E.M., Beecham, J., Dance, C., & Farmer, E. (2013) 'Support for adoption placements: the first six months' British Journal of Social Work first published online February 28, 2013 doi:10.1093/bjsw/bct008
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
British Journal of Social Work
Issue Date:
2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/302071
Additional Links:
http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/02/27/bjsw.bct008.full
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0045-3102
Appears in Collections:
Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBeecham, Jenniferen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBonin, Eva-Mariaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDance, Cherilynen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFarmer, Elaineen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-23T10:58:15Z-
dc.date.available2013-09-23T10:58:15Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationBonin, E.M., Beecham, J., Dance, C., & Farmer, E. (2013) 'Support for adoption placements: the first six months' British Journal of Social Work first published online February 28, 2013 doi:10.1093/bjsw/bct008en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0045-3102-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/302071-
dc.description.abstractAdoption can provide stability and improved outcomes for looked after children, but the support needs of adoptive families range from financial support to managing difficult behaviours and attachment problems. This study looks at the use of services and associated costs over a six-month period through data collected from nineteen adoptive parents six months after a child (average age twenty-three months) had been placed with them for adoption and at the patterns of service needs, usefulness of services and satisfaction with services, supplemented with data from twenty-seven families who were interviewed about their experience of post-adoption support. In line with previous research findings, the core element of support was provided by social workers and over a third of families received financial support from social service departments. Involvement of specialist services such as mental health professionals and educational support was low, probably because of the children's young age. Satisfaction with the support provided by social workers varied and depended on their relationship with the parents. The mean public sector cost of services was £2,842 (range £980–£6,270) and most costs were borne by children's social services. These support costs compare favourably with other placement options such as children's homes or foster-care.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/02/27/bjsw.bct008.fullen_GB
dc.titleSupport for adoption placements: the first six monthsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentLondon School of Economics and Political Scienceen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentTilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshireen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bristolen_GB
dc.identifier.journalBritish Journal of Social Worken_GB
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