Adoptive placements that have a high probability of DISRUPTION; almost exclusively refers to the placement of children with SPECIAL NEEDS who are older or who suffer medical or mental disabilities; not to be confused with AT RISK PLACEMENT.
The age at which a child is considered a high risk placement varies from state to state, but most states consider the placement of a teenager to have a high level of risk.
However, studies have revealed that children who are older when adopted can often successfully adjust to their new families, despite a troubled past that might include abuse and neglect. Also, there is a positive relationship between large family size and the success of the placement.
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©2000 by Christine Adamec and William Pierce, Ph.D. Reprinted from The Encyclopedia of Adoption, 2nd Edition (2nd Edition) with permission of Facts On File, Inc.
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