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Broken Adoptions
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Growing Concern Over Broken Adoptions

For more than a decade national child welfare policy has encouraged timely adoptions as way to stabilize the lives of kids in foster care. But the system is challenged when a child's new home proves to be a bad fit.

Adoption Numbers in Question

Sixteen years ago the federal government put new pressure on states to facilitate adoptions. But it never bothered to track how many of those adoptions fail.

Adoption: From an Option to a Mandate

Adoption is a good outcome for many children in foster care. But not every adoptive parent-child combination is meant to be.

One Foster Child's Choice? Not To Be Adopted

S.D. held out hope that her parents would bring her home. That never happened. But avoiding adoption was her choice—and it was a wise one, her lawyer says.

Solutions to Broken Adoptions May Lie in Gray Areas

While there's disagreement among child welfare officials and advocates about all we can do to prevent broken adoptions, there is consensus on a few common-sense steps.


Sixteen years ago the federal government put new pressure on states to facilitate adoptions. But it never bothered to track how many of those adoptions fail. Now, there's increasing concern about children getting adopted out of foster care, then returning to it—and how that phenomenon challenges the web of social services that the child welfare system offers. This project is funded by the Ira W. DeCamp Foundation.

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