Evaluating the Adoption Component of AFL Care Projects, 1989-1990
Investigators: Steven D. McLaughlin and Terry R. Johnson, Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation

The study, Evaluating the Adoption Component of AFL Care Projects, was designed to determine if any of the actions taken by Adolescent Family Life (AFL) pregnancy counseling programs have an effect on the likelihood that pregnant adolescent clients will elect to place their children for adoption. Respondents were selected from AFL Care Demonstration projects serving pregnant teenagers (as opposed to prevention projects addressing postponement of sexual behavior) that were active during FY 1989 (October 1, 1988 through September 30, 1989). Individual-level data were collected for 869 clients via a standard data collection instrument, the Minimum Data Set, developed for use by AFL projects. The Minimum Data Set assessed client characteristics at entry, such as age, race, education, living arrangements, economic situation, and health. In addition, supplemental data on pregnancy-resolution intentions and background were gathered for 669 of those clients completing the Minimum Data Set. Pregnancy outcomes were provided for clients having a live birth through February 1990. Client age ranged from 12 to 19 years, with a modal age of 16. Individual-level data were gathered on 117 variables from 26 of 27 AFL projects serving 29 sites. Agency-level data were collected from a mail survey of the directors of the 29 AFL project sites active during FY 1989. The program director's questionnaire assessed agency goals and characteristics, project staff training, client characteristics, and pregnancy and adoption counseling strategies. Each program director was offered compensation for the staff time and other expenses associated with the costs of providing these data. Data were gathered on 197 agency-level variables from 29 project sites. The present data set contains a total of 314 variables and 869 cases.

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