Special-Needs Adoption: A Study of Intact Families

Synopsis

This volume reports the results of a large-scale survey of families who adopted children with "special needs": older children, minority children, handicapped children, or sibling groups. It assesses perceptions of social work services, parent-child relationships, family functioning, child behavior, school performance, and other aspects of adoptive family life. Rosenthal and Groze compare outcomes for different types of adoptions, including adoptions of children of different ages, adoptions by minority families, transracial adoptions, single-parent adoptions, adoptions by less educated and less wealthy families, adoptions by foster parents, adoptions of children with handicaps, and sibling group adoptions.