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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2002): Child Welfare - Overseas

PRIVATE CONTRACTING OF OUT-OF-HOME PLACEMENTS AND CHILD PROTECTION CASE MANAGEMENT OUTCOMES

R. Zullo

Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 24, 2002, p. 583-600

Data from Milwaukee County are used to model child transition from out-of-home care to a permanent setting as a function of child, parent and placement factors. Placement factors emerged as robust predictors of transitions to permanency. The rate of transition to permanency is lower for children in private care, particularly if they are in homes managed by large, older non-profit agencies. Smaller, community based agencies were associated with a permanent placement rate that was comparable to public care.

THE SECRET IS OUT

T. Philpot

Community Care, Aug. 22nd-28th 2002, p. 34-35

The Adoption Contact Bill about to be introduced into the Irish Parliament proposes a national records index, a voluntary contact register, counselling when required, state-funded mediation, support for tracing and reunion and access to a national search service to help both adoptees and birth parents. Article reports varying concerns of adopted people, birth parents and adoptive parents about the Bill.

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