Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 157–183

Preparation, support, and satisfaction of adoptive families in agency and independent adoptions


  • Marianne Berry
    • the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Richard P. Barth
    • School of Social WelfareUniversity of California
  • Barbara Needell
    • School of Social WelfareUniversity of California

DOI: 10.1007/BF01876644

Cite this article as:
Berry, M., Barth, R.P. & Needell, B. Child Adolesc Soc Work J (1996) 13: 157. doi:10.1007/BF01876644


Information gathered from over 1000 adoptions in the fourth year of a prospective study of adoptions finds satisfaction levels to be quite high, with those families adopting through private agencies to feel best prepared and satisfied. Differences by adoption auspice are detailed and discussed.

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