Yoa Sorek

Senior Research Scholar and Team Leader, Children, Youth and Young Adults Team (Family Group)

Children, Youth and Young Adults

Senior research scholar, Children, Youth and Young Adults Team leader, Family Group, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.

Dr. Yoa Sorek has worked at MJB since 1999. Her main research areas are the policy and service system for children and youth at risk. Yoa is an expert in policy on care services for families in crisis and non-traditional families. Her studies also address policy development on the issues of a permanent home for every child and foster care and adoption services.

Her doctoral dissertation focused on the lives of children of divorce from the children’s perspective. Yoa is also active in the development of policy on care services for families going through divorce and, in particular, for their children.

Yoa serves as a lecturer in the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, Yoa is a fellow of the first cycle of the Kerem Leadership Program for Preschoolers.

Yoa holds a BA in Education and General and Comparative Literature, and an MA and a PhD in Social Work, all from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Yoa can be contacted by email at [email protected] or by office phone at 972-2-655-7431.

Journal Articles

Sorek, Y., Szabo-Lael, R., & Almog-Zaken, A. (2024). “Welfare used to mean darkness–Now it’s beaming with light”: Professionals and parents’ perceptions of a family preservation program in Israel. Children and Youth Services Review, 159. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2024.107524

Sharvit, Z. O., Sorek, Y., & Honigman, I. (2022). Parenting coordination–Outcome measurement and prediction: Implications for research and practice. Family Court Reviewdoi.org/10.1111/fcre.12688

Sorek, Y. (2020). Grandparental and overall social support as resilience factors in coping with parental conflict among children of divorce. Children and Youth Services Review, 118, doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105443

Sorek, Y., Ben-Simon, B., & Nijim-Ektelat, F. (2020). Motivation matters: Parents’ path to adoption as related to their perceptions of open adoption. Children and Youth Services Review, 118, doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105430

Sorek, Y. (2019). Children of divorce evaluate their quality of life: The moderating effect of psychological processes.  Children and Youth Services Review, 107, doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104533

Sorek, Y. (2019). Children of Divorce – partners or transparent? [Hebrew] Nekudat Mifgash (16),  24-27.

Sorek, Y., Szabo-Lael, R., & Ben Simon, B. (2018). Changes in Israeli Foster Care Services Following Partial Privatization: the Perspective of Professionals and Policymakers. Society & welfare, 38(1), 231-261.

Tener D., Sorek Y., & Schwartz E. (2018): “I did not know there was another life”: Meanings of life in the out‐of‐home Mothers Unit reunification programmeChild & Family Social Work.

Sorek, Y., Nijim-Ektelat, F., & Segal, A. (2016). Open Adoption – advantages, difficulties and insights on the best practice. [Hebrew] Et HaSade, 17, 88-106

Morag, T., Rivkin, D., & Sorek, Y. (2012). Child participation in the family courts—Lessons from the Israeli pilot project. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family26(1), 1-30.

Book Chapters

Morag, T., Sorek, Y., & Inbar, A. (2016). Children’s participation in Israeli family courts: An account of an ongoing learning process. In A. Scully-Hill, S. Sihombing, & K. Lynch (Eds.), Reforming Hong Kong’s child & family justicesystems. Sha Tin, N.T.: The Chinese University Press.

Morag, T., Sorek. Y., & Inbar, A. (2015). Children Participation in Israeli Family courts: An account of an ongoing learning process. in: Gal, T., & Faedi Duramy, B.: International perspectives and empirical findings on child Participation. From social Exclusion to child inclusive policies. Oxford University press.


Sorek, Y., Haran, D.,  Almog-Zaken, A., & Marcus, P. (2020). How divorced families are managing during the Covid-19 pandemic: an international review. London: International Bar Association.