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An adoptive placement that fails after the adoption has been finalized. If an adoptive placement fails before finalization, it is referred to as an adoption DISRUPTION. In most cases, a failure of an adoption occurs before finalization rather than afterward, although there are no reliable statistics available on the percentage of adoptions that are dissolved. It should be noted that some adoption professionals and even researchers use the word "disruption" for any adoption that fails at any time, and such lack of precision and uniformity contributes to confusion. (See also OLDER CHILD; SPECIAL NEEDS.)

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