This paper explores the answers to two questions. The first question is, How and in what ways is Alaska providing adoption recruitment and matching services for children in foster care? The second is, Should Alaska pursue privatization of adoption recruitment and matching services as a means for increasing permanency outcomes for children in foster care? The qualitative study was conducted using both primary and secondary research. I accessed existing privatization studies in other states, Alaska child welfare records and research, and interviewed child welfare professionals. The findings showed that Alaska currently has some private adoption recruitment efforts but there are currently no private adoption matching efforts. The findings also showed that many states have privatized adoption recruitment and matching efforts, and that Alaska should pursue privatization as a means to achieve better permanency outcomes for children waiting in foster care.
|Commitee:||Abramczyk, Sarah, Lund, Carole, Morgan, Stephanie, Thiru, Yaso|
|School:||Alaska Pacific University|
|School Location:||United States -- Alaska|
|Source:||MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Public policy|
|Keywords:||Adoption, Child welfare, Children, Foster care, Privatization, Social work|
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