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The legal and administrative processes in adoption: views and experiences of newly formed adoptive families

Doughty, Julie, Meakings, Sarah and Shelton, Katherine 2017. The legal and administrative processes in adoption: views and experiences of newly formed adoptive families. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 39 (4) , pp. 473-490. 10.1080/09649069.2017.1390284

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Abstract

The early stages of adoptive placements are important in achieving successful long-term outcomes for adopted children and their families. This paper reports on findings from the Wales Adoption Study, in which adoptive parents shared their views and experiences of the legal and administrative processes in obtaining an adoption order. Parents described a range of difficulties that added to anxieties and delays. These arose mainly through poor communication about the steps in the legal process and avoidable administrative errors or oversights. Some parents also experienced lack of information and support regarding agreed contact arrangements and work with their child to help them make sense of their adoptive status.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0964-9069
Funders: Health and Care Research Wales
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 March 2017
Date of Acceptance: 20 December 2016
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2019 02:14
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/98743

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