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Adoptive family—special care need, code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termSpecial care need
METeOR identifier:Help on this term700982
Registration status:Help on this termChildren and Families, Standard 12/11/2018
Definition:Help on this term

The level of additional resources and/or support services required by the adopted child and/or their adoptive family to foster healthy development and wellbeing, and to support positive family functioning and prevent adoption disruptions, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Adoptive family—special care need

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1No additional care needs
2Minor additional care needs
3Moderate to substantive additional care needs
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Special needs in the adoption context is defined as the level of resources or support services required by the adopted child and/or their adoptive family to foster healthy development and wellbeing, and to support positive family functioning and prevent adoption disruption. The ‘level of need’ can be conceptualised on a continuum from those adoptees and their families who do not require any additional resources or supports beyond what would be expected for a family with an average, non-adopted child of similar age in the general population, to those who require regular and more intensive additional resources and supports.

CODE 1   No additional care needs

Children who regularly require a level of personal, emotional and physical care that is consistent with that which would be expected for their age group. On a day-to-day basis, the resources and supports for the child and their family are essentially the same as would be expected for a family with an average, non-adopted child of similar age in the general population.

CODE 2   Minor additional care needs

Children who generally require a level of personal, emotional and physical care that is consistent with that which would be expected for their age group. On most occasions, the resources and supports for the child and their family are comparable to those expected for a family with an average, non-adopted child of similar age in the general population, but the child’s adoption history results in short-term or irregular periods where additional resources and supports are required for the child and/or their family.

CODE 3   Moderate to substantial additional care needs

Children who regularly require a level of personal, emotional and/or physical care that is beyond that which would be expected for their age group. On a regular and frequent basis, the resources and supports for the child and their family are greater than those expected for a family with an average, non-adopted child of similar age in the general population. Areas of additional need may include, but are not limited to:

  • Children (on an ongoing basis) requiring abnormal amounts of attention and affection, high levels of routine and structure due to trauma/attachment issues; displaying (on an ongoing basis) aggressive behaviours, enuresis and encopresis; stealing; sleeping difficulties.
  • Children (beyond usual age expectations) requiring assistance with dressing, bathing, toileting, feeding, mobility.
  • Regular physical therapy.
  • Regular medication for a diagnosed condition that requires skill and training to administer, or is needed to allow significantly improved day-to-day functioning.
  • Medical need for special dietary restrictions.
  • Frequent hospital or specialist appointments, or
  • Ongoing high support special education programs.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element attributes

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Adoptive family—special care need, code N Children and Families, Superseded 12/11/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Adoptions DSS 2017-18 Children and Families, Standard 12/11/2018

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