The Transition From Long Term Care to Adoption

  • Malcolm Hill
  • John Triseliotis
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASID, volume 53)


As part of a wider study to monitor the implementation of a new provision for the payment of adoption allowances in Britain, interviews were carried out with 52 older children for whom such payments had been granted. Semi-structured conversations were combined with a variety of written and visual aids to communication. Most of the children were adopted by their long-term foster parents and many asserted a strong sense of attachment to their foster families prior to becoming adopted. Even so, they saw the transition to adoption as bringing significant benefits to themselves in terms of security, belonging, legal recognition and social identity. Those who knew about allowances did not think it detracted from the experience of being adopted. Indeed, they often recognised the practical necessity for payments to make possible the change to adoptive status which they valued highly.


Child Welfare Foster Care Foster Parent Foster Child Foster Family 
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  • John Triseliotis

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