COAC of Texas, Inc.
is a non-profit organization of citizens concerned
about the children who wait for permanent homes. COAC Reports, our
newsletter, is published six times a year and is partially funded by a grant
from the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services,
Membership dues are paid to local branches and include a subscription to
COAC Reports. Newsletter subscriptions are $5.oo per year.
Agency dues are $18.oo per year. To subscribe to the newsletter, email
us, or send your name, address, zip code and phone number to: COAC of Texas,
P.O. Box 14932, Austin, Texas 78761. Or to the Treasurer or
Chairperson of the branch of which you wish to join.
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Support Group for Your Area
Several areas of the state have no support
groups for adoptive parents. If you would like to form a group or need
information about how COAC can help you form a group, please contact Avril
Suckow, the state president. We would like to help groups form in the
Dallas, Fort Worth, Panhandle, West Texas and other areas of the state.
Let us know how we can help. You can contact the state president whose
information can be access from the Officers
Barriers and Success Factors in Adoptions
from Foster Care: Perspectives of Families
By Ruth G. McRoy, PhDM.
As part of the Collaboration to AdoptUsKids between the years 2002-2007, two legislatively mandated adoption research studies were conducted by the University of Texas at Austin Center for Social Work Research.
The “Barriers Study” focused on barriers to adoption experienced by a nationwide
purposive sample of 300 families who were in the process of adopting a child from the child welfare system. In addition, a nationwide sample of 382 private and public agency
adoption staff members were surveyed to assess their perspectives
on barriers to the adoption process.
The second study, referred to as the “Success Factors Study,” involved a
four-year prospective examination of a nationwide sample of 161 adoptive families who had adopted children from the child welfare system in order to identify factors that contributed to their successful adoption outcomes. More...
The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
seeks to provide ease of transition for the children of transferred members of the military More...
New carseat law passed
New Parent Support Groups Being Formed in Houston, San Angelo and Midland. More...
Federal Adoption Tax Credit for Special Needs Adoptions
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