Postadoption and Guardianship: An Evaluation of the Adoption Preservation, Assessment, and Linkage Program
Research on Social Work Practice
Objectives: This study evaluated the effects of the Adoption Preservation, Assessment, and Linkage (APAL) postpermanency program. Method: A quasi-experimental, posttest-only design was used to estimate the program’s effects on youth discharged from foster care to adoption or legal guardianship. A random sample was surveyed (female = 44.7%; African American = 94%) and tracked with administrative data. The primary analysis estimated the program’s effect of being assigned to the intervention, whereas a supplementary analysis estimated the effects of actually receiving the services. Results: The APAL program was associated with higher levels of caregiver commitment, fewer youth behavior problems, and lower odds of placement discontinuity. Conclusion: Offering postpermanency outreach services to families might help reinforce caregiver commitment and promote children’s well-being.
Liao, Minli and Testa, Mark, "Postadoption and Guardianship: An Evaluation of the Adoption Preservation, Assessment, and Linkage Program" (2016). School of Social Work. 62.