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Lead Agencies Structure Their Adoption Programs in a Variety of Ways, Report No. 08-05, January 2008
 
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  • Community-based care lead agencies use three arrangements to structure their foster child adoption programs:  services primarily provided by subcontractors, a combination of in-house and subcontracted staff, or services primarily provided in-house. Lead agency administrators generally prefer to use in-house staff or contracted service providers and only use fee-for-service child placing agencies to a limited degree.   
  • Lead agencies also use three models of progressing children’s cases through their systems of care from foster care to adoption finalization.  Lead agencies may keep a child’s case with one case manager for the life of the case, transfer a child’s case from the original case manager to an adoption specialist, or assign an adoption specialist to coordinate and assist a primary case manager.  Lead agencies report advantages and disadvantages to each approach. 

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Family Safety

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-47 DCF and Lead Agencies Have Made Progress in Reducing Barriers to Successful Adoptions,published in July 2010.
  • Report No. 08-06  Additional Strategies Would Help Address the Barriers to Successful Adoptions, published in January 2008.

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