Supporting the birth relatives of adopted children: How accessible are services?

Cossar, Jeanette and Neil, Elsbeth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5655-7498 (2010) Supporting the birth relatives of adopted children: How accessible are services? British Journal of Social Work, 40 (5). 1368–1386. ISSN 0045-3102

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Abstract

This paper focuses on how birth relatives in England and Wales can access adoption support services, using data obtained from a mapping study of adoption support services. The survey aimed to gather data from all local authority adoption agencies, voluntary adoption agencies and adoption support agencies in the second half of 2005. The questionnaire included questions relating to how local authorities provided birth relative support services, how birth relatives could access them and how agencies promoted them. The response rate was 63 per cent. Answers to open questions relating to the provision of services and access were examined. Four patterns were found in relation to local authority arrangements for provision of services and the role of the independent sector in these. Seven different models of accessing services were identified. Low uptake of services was found to be a problem and the advantages and disadvantages of the different models of accessing services are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Child Protection & Family Support
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Research on Children and Families
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Business and Local Government Data Research Centre
Depositing User: Nicole Ranaweera
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2011 12:10
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2023 12:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/18725
DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcp061

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