Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) Study

Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) Study

The primary aim of the proposed study is to investigate the effects of child-focused permanency services, managed through Pennsylvania’s SWAN, on adoption, permanency, and post-permanency outcomes. Child-focused services to be investigated include child preparation, child-specific recruitment, placement, and post-permanency services. Using statewide foster care records, we will be developing a matched comparison group of youth who have not received SWAN supports. The study will leverage a range of existing data sources to examine outcomes within the child welfare system and into other child and young-adult systems.

Research Team

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Christian M. Connell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Director: Child Maltreatment Solutions Network

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Sarah A. Font, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology