Finding the right match: a survey of approved adopters’ experiences of agency support in the linking and matching process

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/600896
Title:
Finding the right match: a survey of approved adopters’ experiences of agency support in the linking and matching process
Authors:
Dance, Cherilyn
Abstract:
This research study was commissioned by Adoption Link to explore approved adopters’ experiences of agency support in their search for a child or children who they felt able to parent. The impetus for the research came from Adoption Link’s awareness, as a result of contact with their users and posts on various adoption forums, of some level of dissatisfaction with the ways in which processes for linking and matching were operating for approved adopters. By way of setting the scene for the study findings, this introduction looks briefly at the policy background as it relates to linking and matching in adoption; the current situation, particularly in England, regarding the numbers and profiles of waiting children and approved adopters; provision of adoption agency services and how links and matches are achieved. It is important to note that much of what is covered in this introductory section applies to England only. While there is some shared legislation across the four countries of the UK , each implements elements of distinct legislation and policy in relation to looked after children and adoption and up to date statistics for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are rather difficult to come by. Although the policy context in different parts of the UK might be distinct, adoption practice in relation to children in care is similar. The focus here on England is in part pragmatic – because information about the situation in England is easily available and in the public domain –it also reflects the fact that the majority of responses to the survey reported were from adopters in England and space precludes a detailed discussion of the similarities and differences between countries.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Dance, Cherilyn (2015) 'Finding the right match: a survey of approved adopters’ experiences of agency support in the linking and matching process': Report to AdoptionLink, Luton, University of Bedfordshire.
Publisher:
University of Bedfordshire
Issue Date:
Mar-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/600896
Additional Links:
https://www.linkmaker.co.uk/doc/finding_the_right_match_full.pdf
Type:
Other
Language:
en
Sponsors:
Adoption Link
Appears in Collections:
Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDance, Cherilynen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-08T13:49:14Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-08T13:49:14Zen
dc.date.issued2015-03en
dc.identifier.citationDance, Cherilyn (2015) 'Finding the right match: a survey of approved adopters’ experiences of agency support in the linking and matching process': Report to AdoptionLink, Luton, University of Bedfordshire.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/600896en
dc.description.abstractThis research study was commissioned by Adoption Link to explore approved adopters’ experiences of agency support in their search for a child or children who they felt able to parent. The impetus for the research came from Adoption Link’s awareness, as a result of contact with their users and posts on various adoption forums, of some level of dissatisfaction with the ways in which processes for linking and matching were operating for approved adopters. By way of setting the scene for the study findings, this introduction looks briefly at the policy background as it relates to linking and matching in adoption; the current situation, particularly in England, regarding the numbers and profiles of waiting children and approved adopters; provision of adoption agency services and how links and matches are achieved. It is important to note that much of what is covered in this introductory section applies to England only. While there is some shared legislation across the four countries of the UK , each implements elements of distinct legislation and policy in relation to looked after children and adoption and up to date statistics for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are rather difficult to come by. Although the policy context in different parts of the UK might be distinct, adoption practice in relation to children in care is similar. The focus here on England is in part pragmatic – because information about the situation in England is easily available and in the public domain –it also reflects the fact that the majority of responses to the survey reported were from adopters in England and space precludes a detailed discussion of the similarities and differences between countries.en
dc.description.sponsorshipAdoption Linken
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.linkmaker.co.uk/doc/finding_the_right_match_full.pdfen
dc.subjectL500 Social Worken
dc.subjectadoptionen
dc.subjectmatchingen
dc.subjectAdoption Linken
dc.subjectchildrenen
dc.titleFinding the right match: a survey of approved adopters’ experiences of agency support in the linking and matching processen
dc.typeOtheren
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
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