What’s Working for Children: A Policy Study of Adoption Stability and Termination

This study reports that the vast majority of adoptions from foster care are remaining intact over time and raises questions about the effectiveness of state data-collection systems on adoption disruption and dissolution. It offers recommendations for improving policies and practices in order to lower the number of terminations, increase the prospects of success for children currently waiting in foster care for permanent homes, and improve the daily lives of the adoptive families that remain intact but nevertheless encounter challenges.

Author: Georgia Deoudes and Adam Pertman

Published: November 2004