The purpose of this project was to locate a potential funding source and write a grant to provide an educational support group for parents who have completed the adoption finalization process.
The program is greatly needed due to the large number of foster children being adopted and the minimal postadoption services provided to newly formed adoptive families. The educational support groups would be held at the Latino Family Institute, Inc., which provides services to families looking to foster and/or adopt. Sony Corporation of America, a foundation that provides assistance for civic endeavors and community outreach to enhance quality of life, was chosen as the potential funding source.
Families partaking in the group are expected to increase awareness of adoption-related issues. This outcome will be evaluated through pre- and post-tests. The families are also expected to form support networks with other families, which will be monitored by the adoption specialist within 2 months of the last session. A final goal is to decrease familial disruption. This outcome will be evaluated based on the number of families experiencing adoption disruption within 1 year of the last session.
If funded, this program would assist adoptive children and their newly formed families to understand what children from the child welfare system undergo and what they need after the adoption is finalized. This would assist in increasing the number of healthy, stable, and safe families. The actual submission of this grant application was not required for completion of this thesis project.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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