Skip to main content

Are we missing the match? Rethinking adopter assessment and child profiling

Buy Article:

$33.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

Despite roughly equal numbers of prospective adopters and children for whom adoption is planned, there is a fundamental mismatch between the characteristics of the children available and the 'kinds' of children whom adopters want to parent. Applicants during the assessment process are invited to identify the age and characteristics of a future child. When so identified and recorded, adopters' 'requirements' rule out a wide spectrum of children from consideration. Barriers to matching are thus erected prematurely and inflexibly. Jennifer Cousins argues that the problem is compounded when children who need new families are reduced to a brief snapshot of special features, a process that tends to highlight 'deficits' and fails to portray the whole child. An approach that avoids hypothetical 'matching' categories and is led by the needs of the real child might be more effective. A new structure of assessment and linking is suggested, and comments are invited so that the model can be developed further.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2003-12-01

More about this publication?
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more