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Financial support of children involved in special needs adoption: A policy evaluation

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  • Rosemary J. Avery
  • Daniel Mont

This article represents one of the first systematic analyses of state subsidy payments to families adopting children with special needs (children with physical and|or mental disabilities and children who are classified as hard-to-place). The analysis focuses on the monetary subsidies provided to adoptive parents of special needs children. It attempts to characterize variation in subsidy levels between counties and the impact of subsidy levels on a child's length of time until adoptive placement. The data set employed in the analysis was collected from primary sources and is one ofthe first available depositories of information on subsidy payments for special needs adoption. Results indicate that child and case characteristics explain a significant proportion of the variation in state adoption subsidy levels, but that a substantial proportion of between-county variation in subsidy levels remains unexplained. Subsidy level was not found to affect the adoption placement rate at the margin, except for children with mental disabilities. The policy implications of these results are discussed.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Volume (Year): 11 (1992)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 419-441

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Handle: RePEc:wly:jpamgt:v:11:y:1992:i:3:p:419-441
DOI: 10.2307/3325070
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