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Permanency mediation: a path to open adoption for children in out-of-home care.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16117261     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This research study examined the experiences of birthparents, permanent parents, and mediators in permanency mediation following a state child welfare agency's recommendation for termination of parental rights. Permanency mediation provides participants with the opportunity to collaborate in an agreement that entails a voluntary surrender of parental rights by the birthparents and the placement of children with permanent parents in open adoption or guardianship. Findings suggested that permanency mediation has the potential to be a successful practice. Participants, however, need additional support during and after mediation to help them understand open adoption and deal with the changes in family structures and boundaries, address their own feelings and concerns, and establish reliable means of communication with each other.
JoAnne Maynard
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child welfare     Volume:  84     ISSN:  0009-4021     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Welfare     Publication Date:    2005 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-08-24     Completed Date:  2005-11-03     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372735     Medline TA:  Child Welfare     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  507-26     Citation Subset:  IM    
Worcester State College, Health Sciences Department, Worcester, MA 01602-8833, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adoption / legislation & jurisprudence*,  psychology*
Child Custody / legislation & jurisprudence*
Civil Rights / legislation & jurisprudence
Foster Home Care / legislation & jurisprudence*,  psychology,  utilization
Interpersonal Relations
Interviews as Topic
Parent-Child Relations
Parents / psychology*
State Government
United States

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