This article reports the results of a qualitative study that sought the perspectives of birth parents and adoptive parents following reunification or adoption of children from foster care. Using a participatory action design that actively involved young adults formerly in foster care and parents in the design and implementation of the study, the study focused on the consumers’ perspectives on several issues related to permanency. The article reports findings from interviews with a subset of 27 birth and adoptive families in New York City who were asked about their post-permanency experiences and from interviews with 38 child welfare professionals who were asked to respond to the parents’ perspectives. The article offers directions for child welfare practice and program development.
Freundlich, Madelyn; Avery, Rosemary J.; Gerstenzang, Sarah; and Munson, Sara
"Post-Permanency: An Assessment for Families’ Needs for Services and Supports,"
Journal of Family Strengths: Vol. 9
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol9/iss1/5