July 17, 2006

Case Western Reserve University social work professor named senior fellow of national adoption institute

Victor Groza joins the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute

Victor Groza

Victor Groza, a professor of social work at Case Western Reserve University, has joined the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute's Senior Research Fellows Program.

He is one of nine esteemed professionals in this new initiative, which was created to enhance the quality and impact of the institute's work—and to improve adoption generally—by regularly convening a group of the most accomplished experts in the field to share their knowledge, to disseminate their findings, and to shape better polices and practices.

Groza, a social work practitioner, teacher and researcher with the university's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS), is an international adoption and child welfare expert best known for his adoption outcome studies evaluating the effects of pre-adoption history of children adopted from the public system in the United States, as well as pre-adoption institutionalization on international adoptees. He has conducted adoption research in Romania, India and the Ukraine, and has authored several books and articles on the topic.

The Adoption Institute is considered the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization, and its mission is to provide leadership that improves laws, policies and practices concerning adoption. "I am both proud and grateful that this extraordinary group of professionals has agreed to join us," Adam Pertman, executive director of the institute, said about Groza and the other senior fellows. "I think it makes a powerful statement about the high regard with which our work is held in the field of adoption and foster care, and I am confident they will elevate our work—and its impact—even further."

For more information about Groza and his research, visit his MSASS page at http://msass.case.edu/faculty/vgroza/. For more information about the Adoption Institute, go to http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/.

For more information: Kimyette Finley 216-368-0521.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, July 17, 2006 09:40 AM | News Topics: HeadlinesMain, Research

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