The Post-Adoption Life Study (PALS)


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


In 2014, UWSC developed and fielded PALS, the Post-Adoption Life Study. This study assesses well-being and examines challenges that youth face who were adopted through the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) adoption recruitment program as they transition to adulthood. The study is being conducted in collaboration with Child Trends with funding from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Over a 4-year period, approximately 350 19-year old youth from across the United States 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 through WWK. Youth will be contacted as early as age 14 and UWSC will keep in contact with youth until they turn 19 and are eligible for the interview.


Grete Wichmann, Karen Zoladz, and Kerryann DiLoreto


July 2014 – December 2018