Using Private Contracts to Create Adoptions from Foster Care

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Using Private Contracts to Create Adoptions from Foster Care

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Title: Using Private Contracts to Create Adoptions from Foster Care
Author: Hansen, Mary Eschelbach
Abstract: Creating adoptions for children waiting in foster care is a good investment, but the number of adoptions created each year meets only a fraction of the need. This paper explores how the organization of the delivery of social services to waiting children and prospective adoptive families influences adoption creation. Cross-section time-series estimates are supplemented with a new augmented fixed effects procedure to demonstrate that the use of contracts with private agencies bolsters adoption creation. Contracts for recruitment and orientation of prospective adoptive parents are particularly effective.
Description: Working paper No. 2007-03. 25 pages.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1961/4986
Date: 2007-04


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