(Taken from the Adoption Glossary)
Dissolution: A reversal or voiding of an adoption after its legal finalization. This can occur for a variety of reasons, the most common of which are: 1) That there was not a good match of the needs of the child with the talents and capabilities of the adoptive family, and 2) That the circumstances... [more
What to do When Your Adoption is Failing: A Parent's Guide to Adoption Disruption & Dissolution
Introduction ~ Nancy Ashe One of the saddest - and most controversial - occurrences in the world of adoption is when adoptive parents feel compelled to disrupt or dissolve an adoption. Views surrounding disruption and dissolution are widely divided. Many believe adoptions should never be... The Benefits of Fostering to Adopt
There are several reasons people choose to adopt from foster care. Compared to domestic newborn adoption and international adoption, the cost is minimal or even free. An average domestic newborn adoption facilitated by an adoption agency generally averages between $20,000 and $30,000, and... New Study Looks at Success Rates of Adoptions of Children from Foster Care
A recently published study addresses gaps in knowledge about post-adoption dissolutions and the post-adoption service needs of adoptive parents. Funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to the New York City Administration for Children's Services, the study was led by Trudy Festinger,... Guidelines for Terminating Adoption Assistance Agreements
Parents adopt children with special needs and sign an adoption assistance agreement with the belief that the benefits (financial and services) will follow the child in most cases until he reaches age 18 or graduates high school. Unfortunately, some state and county agencies are responding to tough...