Interesting publications

Interesting publications.

Disruptions in adoption very low compared to foster care

April 2014 the Department of Education of the UK government published an important research of Julie Selwyn and collegues at the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies on a comparison between foster care placements and adoption placements. The results showed that the disruption rates at adoption-from-care were much lower than the foster care disruption rates.

The report and its summary are available from the internet.


BAAF publication:Social networking and contact

June 2013 BAAF published the book 'Social Networking and Contact - How social workers can help adoptive families By Eileen Fursland.

Social networking sites such as Facebook have made finding and contacting people easier than ever before, with both positive and negative outcomes. The use of Facebook has already had an impact on many adoptive families and has the potential to affect many more. Increasingly, young people are using it and other web sites to trace and contact their birth parents and other birth relatives.  Birth relatives are using the internet to trace their children.

Social networking and contact examines the way the internet, social networking and other technologies are changing the landscape of adoption contact, search and reunion.

More information on the BAAF website.

ISS/IRC survey on maintaining the natural birth order in adoption

Maintaining the natural birth order is often viewed as a success factor for an adoption. In its Circular No 93 and 69 ISS/IRC undertook a survey concerning maintaining the natural birth order in adoption. The ISS/IRC received a total of 26 answers, among which 6 were from States of origin and 20 were from receiving States. The maintenance of the natural birth order among the States that responded to the circular is widespread in practice, although less so in policy and rarely in legislation. Some States also noted that by not respecting the natural birth order, it has been known to be a key factor for adoption breakdown. It appears that many of these advantages have been observed in the research undertaken on this topic.More information in ISS/IRC Circular n° 93 / 69.

For HIV-infected children, quality of caregiver relationship is crucial

A new study of children in Ukraine has found that for the growing number of HIV-infected children, the quality of care and the relationship between children and their caregivers play an important role in their development. Based on their findings, the researchers highlight the importance of comprehensive but focused intervention efforts to improve these relationships by changing caregivers' working schedules and providing training to enhance the stability and sensitivity of care. The researchers sought to examine the effects of HIV infections and being raised in institutions on the development of 58 infected and uninfected Ukrainian 4-years-olds. Some of the children lived in institutions from shortly after birth, while others lived with their biological families. The study found that the quality of the relationships between the children and their caregivers had a bigger impact on children's physical growth and cognitive performance than the presence of the HIV infection or the quality of the physical environment. In addition, the study found that for both children with and without HIV, family care, even when it was compromised, was better for children than institutional care.

Dobrova-Krol, N.A., Van IJzendoorn, M.H., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., & Juffer, F (2010). Effects of Perinatal HIV Infection and Early Institutional Rearing on Physical and Cognitive Development of Children in Ukraine. Child development, 81(1), 237-251.

From ICAR2: International Advances in Adoption Research for Practice

The book "International Advances in Adoption Research for Practice", editor G.M Wrobel and E. Neil is the published result of ICAR2 – the Second International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR2). This conference was organized in July 2006 in Norwich, Great Britain. 150 scientists, working in the field of adoption, presented their research at this conference.  

From the papers, 13 papers have been published in this book, providing een international perspective on adoption. The first part of the book emphasizes on the importance of the context of adoption, like openness and the cultural and bio-ecological backgrounds; the second part describes the latest scientific developments.The authors pay attention to the different types of adoption (international, domestic, special needs, baby adoption) and perspectives (birth mother, adoptee, adoption parent). All contributions are written from the point of view that knowledge should bij appliable for practice use.

Last Modified: 15-05-2014