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Adoption Policy and Special Needs Children
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This edited volume contains contributions from leading researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and advocates in adoption policy and practice. Topics covered include adoption advocacy, race and adoption, placement of older and disabled children, adoption disruption, adoptive parent recruitment, and policy related to federal adoption subsidy support. This collection brings together leading researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and advocates in the area of adoption policy and practice. All chapter contributors are nationally recognized leaders in their particular fields of expertise. Several have been instrumental in shaping public policy and legislation on behalf of special needs children and their families. Chapters cover the following topics: advocacy on behalf of special needs children, racial issues in the placement and adoption of special needs children, issues involved in the adoption of older and disabled children, adoption disruption, recruitment of adoptive parents for special needs children, and federal and state policy related to adoption subsidy support. The volume covers the key issues related to both practice and policy in child welfare. As such it is essential reading for professionals and policy makers in social/human services and child welfare. Scholars and other researchers in the field will also find the collection invaluable.
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An essential guide to key issues of practice and policy in child welfare.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Peter C. Winkler Preface An Advocate's Perspective by Judith Anderson Racial Aspects of the Move to Adoption by Sherrie A. Kossoudji The Adoption of Older Children by Elizabeth S. Cole Disabled Children and Adoption by Ann Coyne Adoption Disruption by Marianne Berry Adoption Recruitment Meeting the Needs of Waiting Children by Drenda S. Lakin and Linda Whitfield Variations in State Adoption Assistance Laws by Alice Bussiere Federal Financial Support of Special Needs Adoption by Rosemary J. Avery and Daniel M. Mont The Value of Special Needs Adoptions by Richard P. Barth

About the Author

ROSEMARY J. AVERY is an associate professor in the Department of Consumer Economics and Housing at Cornell University. She has published academic papers and other related articles focusing on state implementation of federal adoption support guidelines.

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"Rosemary Avery has constructed a nicely assembled book of articles pertaining to the adoption of special needs children. The various contributors who authored the articles come from many areas of the country, have vast experience with the subject, and are well qualified. Avery made good choices when she selected the articles to be included in her text. She made sure that various philosophies and viewpoints were represented. Therefore, it is possible to examine special needs adoption from an emotional, philosophical, theoretical, and cost-effective approach....This book can thoroughly educate a person about adoption, special needs adoption, agency policy workers' perspective, and public policy if read from beginning to end."-Families in Society ?Rosemary Avery has constructed a nicely assembled book of articles pertaining to the adoption of special needs children. The various contributors who authored the articles come from many areas of the country, have vast experience with the subject, and are well qualified. Avery made good choices when she selected the articles to be included in her text. She made sure that various philosophies and viewpoints were represented. Therefore, it is possible to examine special needs adoption from an emotional, philosophical, theoretical, and cost-effective approach....This book can thoroughly educate a person about adoption, special needs adoption, agency policy workers' perspective, and public policy if read from beginning to end.?-Families in Society "With the current threats to funding for all child welfare services, this volume is most timely in its appearance. It provides a wealth of information for guiding policy makers in determining the cost effectiveness of various policies and procedures in the field of special needs adoption."-Vera Fahlberg, M.D.

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