The North Carolina Post-Adoption Life Study (NC-PALS)

The North Carolina Post-Adoption Life Study (NC-PALS)


Karin Malm, Senior Program Area Director for Child Welfare and Senior Research Scientist, Child Trends


In 2018, UWSC developed and fielded NC-PALS, the North Carolina Post-Adoption Life Study. This study assesses well-being and examines challenges that youth face who were adopted as they transition to adulthood. The study is being conducted in collaboration with Child Trends with funding from the Duke Endowment. Over a 2-year period, approximately 100 18-year old youth from North Carolina will be interviewed. The in-person interviews are about 90 minutes in length and include Audio-CASI for sensitive questions. The study participants are former foster youth who were in foster care beginning at age 8 or older and were adopted in the state of North Carolina. Youth will be contacted as early as age 16 and UWSC will keep in contact with youth until they turn 18 and are eligible for the interview.


Grete Wichmann and Karen Zoladz


March 2018 – May 2020