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New research finds that for permanence in adoption “the level, accessibility and quality of the therapeutic and professional resources available” is key

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Adopting children with high therapeutic needs: staying committed over the long haul

New research by Kate Bardsley published in ‘Adoption & Fostering 2017, Vol. 41(2)’ looks at the factors affecting adoptive parents’ commitment to children with significant behaviour and emotional needs. The study focuses on adopters of children pre-identified as having high therapeutic needs and looks specifically at the factors that affect adopters’ ongoing commitment.

“Contrary to initial hypotheses, levels of adopter commitment did not correlate with the severity of need or challenging behaviours in their adopted children per se.

Instead, it was found to be associated with their feelings of ‘hope’ about the future, feelings that were closely linked to the level, accessibility and quality of the therapeutic and professional resources available.”

The key to permanence is hope. The key to hope is guaranteed therapeutic support for adopted children throughout childhood.

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