A comparative study of the adoptions of 1960 and 1970 in Travis County, Texas




Preusse, Carol Ann,1943-

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Sam Houston State University


The purpose of this study was to compare the adoptions of 1960 in Travis County, Texas, to the adoptions of 1970 in the same county. The study sample was dichotomised according to year, 1960 and 1970. A table of random numbers was used to select one-third of the case histories of children adopted in each of these two years. From the case folders and Investigator's Reports of the Travis County Juvenile Court thirteen baseline characteristics of the adoptive families and the children were selected, and the dichotomized sample was crosstabulated by these. All petitions for adoption in Travis County, Texas, must be processed by the Travis County Juvenile Court before the final court hearing. The 1960 and 1970 samples were crosstabulated by six categories of adoptions. It was the intention of this study to determine any changes that have occurred in adoptions in Travis County, Texas, between 1960 and 1970, and if so, to describe these changes. It was assumed that all families whose casefolders contained a completed Investigator's Report consumated the adoption. The Travis County Juvenile Court does not maintain a complete record of the adoptions. However, once an Investigators' Report is filed in the record, the case can be assumed to be properly prepared for acceptance and consumation by the Court. It was assumed also that the baseline characteristics selected for study would have an appreciable influence on the kind of adoption in which each family would seek to participate, and thus would influence any changes that may occur in the categories of adoptions between 1960 and 1970.



Adoption, Texas, Family, Travis County Juvenile Court