Pennsylvania Adoptees Longitudinal Study (PALS)
This study will examine various factors within the home of children adopted from the child welfare system between the ages of 4 and 10 that may impact their development. The first visit will occur via Penn State Health Zoom; the second visit is optional will occur within 4 weeks of the first visit at the Transforming Lives of Children Center in Harrisburg, PA; and the third visit will occur one year after the first visit, when research staff will travel to participants' homes. This research will help understand the factors that impact the development of children adopted from the child welfare system and how we may better serve these children and their families.
The child and parent will be asked to complete interviews, questionnaires and various tasks. Parents may also be asked to complete questionnaires online. Participation will last for one year and include the following: -One visit occurring remotely via PSH Zoom -One visit at the Transforming the Lives of Children Center in Harrisburg, PA, four weeks after Zoom visit (optional) -Final visit at home will occur one year after the first Zoom visit
Child legally adopted by the caregiver
The same caregiver will participate in each of the visits
A legally adoptive caregiver is a biological relative of the child