Speeding adoptions: An evaluation of the effects of judicial continuity
Authors: Festinger, Trudy; Pratt, Rachel
Source: Social Work Research, Volume 26, Number 4, December 2002 , pp. 217-224(8)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:This study investigated the effects of a New York City adoption reform project. Goals of the project were to change existing family court procedures in selected cases to shorten the duration of time between termination of parental rights (TPR) and adoption finalization. Randomly selected control cases received the usual procedures, whereas the service group received the expedited court procedures. The latter consisted of filing adoption petitions at the time of the TPR, thereby keeping cases on the court calendar and usually before the same judge from the point of freeing through to finalization. At the conclusion of data collection, more children in the service group than in the control group had been adopted, and survival analysis showed that they were adopted in a significantly shorter time.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 2002
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