Thursday, September 07, 2006

Barriers to Foster Care Adoption

Bill, who works for a state photolisting organization, writes:

1. Foster parents that don't want to help children into adoption, usually for selfish and frequently monetary reasons. They create artificial barriers or provide negative and sometimes false information to prospective families scaring them off.

2. Interstate issues associated with the Interstate Compact which often delay adoptions for months and sometimes even get families to withdraw due to delays.

3. States that promote adoption, but do not provide dedicated adoptive staff or adequate staff and funding to complete adoptive matches and placements in a timely manner, causing many children to linger in care and families to turn their attention elsewhere.


Blogger Kathleenb said...

states or agencies who require adoptive families to search only within their state of residence for a certain amount of time.

12:53 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

I'm curious if Bill can talk about the effectiveness of photos listings.

Sadly in our state the listings seem to be only effective for children have been unable to be placed otherwise - older children, children with severe disabilities and large sibling groups.

Our SW said to disregard it and it turned out that the child we adopted actually hit the list several weeks after her process was closed and they were making the final decision to place her with us. So basically they had closed the application process before they even posted her info.

My husband's theory is that even unable, they are to serve to draw people in like bait to the process. I have no problem with that, I just wish it could be more effective.

8:30 PM  

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