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Openness and Contact in Foster Care Adoptions: An Eight-Year Follow-Up
Karie M. Frasch, Devon Brooks and Richard P. Barth
Vol. 49, No. 4 (Oct., 2000), pp. 435-446
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585839
Page Count: 12
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This study examines openness and contact in 231 foster care adoptions from the California Long-Range Adoption Study (CLAS), an eight-year prospective longitudinal study. Data were collected using three waves of mailed questionnaires completed by the adoptive parent. Findings indicate that while the practice of openness continues to evolve for most families, there is remarkable stability in levels of contact and communication with the child's biological family, especially in the last four years of the study.
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