Keeping the Promise: The Case for Adoption Support and Preservation

This publication, funded by The Freddie Mac Foundation, also is part of the Institute’s "Keeping the Promise" initiative. It synthesizes past knowledge and provides new DAI research from eight states and from national data on the extent of adopted children re-entering foster care, the circumstances involved in both foster care re-entry and adoption dissolutions, and the significant number of children adopted from foster care who require ongoing mental health services.

DAI has also published a related study, “Supporting and Preserving Adoptive Families: Profiles of Publicly Funded Adoption Initiatives,” as part of a nationwide initiative sponsored by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. It provides the most extensive examination to date of what services states are providing, who is eligible to receive them and how they are being funded.

Author: Susan Livingston Smith. Contributing authors: Dr. Penelope Maza, Dr. Joseph Magruder, John Sciamanna and Dr. Jeanne Howard

Published: March 2014