Adoption Practice

Innovative Family Preparation: Thinking Outside the Box for the Whole Family

By Bethany Leas and Erika Schmitt Originally published in Adoptalk 2021: issue 1. Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership. Bethany Leas is the Regional Director of Family Support Services at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. Erika Schmitt is the Director of Adoption and Permanency Services at The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center, and… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice

2019 Adoptions Hit Highest Number Ever While Foster Care Population Declined

By Mary Boo, NACAC executive director Originally published in Adoptalk 2020: issue 3. Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.   For federal fiscal year 2019, the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) found that than 66,035 children and teens were adopted with public agency involvement in the US—the highest number ever… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Advocacy, Articles, Fact Sheets

Session Recordings 2020

Did you miss the 2020 NACAC conference or want to revisit some sessions you attended? We now have many of the 2020 sessions available to purchase. Recordings will be available until June 30, 2021. “One of the best conferences I have attended, very knowledgeable speakers, so much passion about the work they are doing. For… Read more

Categories: 2020 NACAC Conference, Achieving Permanency, Annual Conference, Birth Family Connections, Disabilities & Challenges, Older Youth Adoption, Parenting Strategies, Recruiting Families, Training, Transracial, Trauma, Webinar

Being Anti-Racist: A Critical Way to Support Children of Color in Foster Care and Adoption

By Audrey Murph-Brown, EdD, MSW, LCSW, and Kim Stevens, MEd Audrey Murph-Brown intersects doctoral studies, clinical work, social justice, activism, and law enforcement along with experiences in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education to power everything she does. Audrey holds a doctoral degree in education. Her dissertation chronicled the resilient processes of multiple-placed youth in foster… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Parenting, Supporting Families, Supporting Youth, Transracial

Supreme Court to Hear Case That Puts Best Child Welfare Practices at Risk

On Monday, February 24, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The case arises from the city’s requirement that its foster care licensing agencies not discriminate against same sex couples. Catholic Social Services sued the city, arguing that the nondiscrimination policy restricted its right to freedom of religion. (Read… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Advocacy, LGBTQ

Lessons Learned from the National QIC-AG

From Adoptalk 2019, Issue 4; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.  By April Dinwoodie The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, Grant #90CO1122-01-00. The contents of this article do not necessarily reflect the views… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Supporting Families, Supporting Youth

Using Technology to Inform Prospective Parents and Youth

From Adoptalk 2019, Issue 4; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.  By Taryn Danford and Lucie Honey-Ray Taryn Danford is the director of child, youth and family services and Lucie Honey-Ray is the AgedOut.com project lead at the Adoptive Families Association of BC (British Columbia). Taryn has led efforts to pilot programs related to community engagement, child… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Supporting Families, Supporting Youth

Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency

From Adoptalk 2019, Issue 2; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.  By Sharon Kaplan Roszia and Allison Davis Maxon Sharon Kaplan Roszia and Allison Davis Maxon have co-authored Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency: A Comprehensive Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing in Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third Party Reproduction, which… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Disabilities & Challenges, Grief & Loss, Older Youth Adoption, Parenting, Supporting Families, Supporting Youth

Ensuring Positive Youth Development: Creating and Enhancing Youth Networks

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 4; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership Adapted by Anna Libertin, NACAC’s communications specialist, from a webinar by Kim Stevens and Nathan Ross.  Kim Stevens is a program manager at NACAC who specializes in post-adoption support, youth development, training for caregivers, and trauma and healing. Nathan Ross is the youth programs supervisor at FosterAdopt Connect… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Supporting Families, Supporting Youth

Foster Care Numbers Up for Fifth Straight Year

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 4; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.  The number of children and teens in US foster care and the number of youth adopted from foster care rose in 2017, according to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS).  Every fiscal year, AFCARS collects data on all the children in foster care and… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Articles, Fact Sheets

National Quality Improvement Center Framework Aims to Support Families After Adoption is Finalized

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 3; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership The National Quality Improvement Center for Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) is a five-year, federally funded project designed to promote permanence when reunification is no longer a goal and to improve adoption and guardianship preservation and support. The QIC-AG is built on the premise that child welfare agencies need… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Sample Post-Adoption Programs, Supporting Families

Unpacking the No: Helping Young People Explore the Idea of Adoption

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 3; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership By Kim Stevens and Anna Libertin, NACAC Staff Pat O’Brien, founder of You Gotta Believe, has spent years working to convince audiences that our beliefs are the greatest barriers to lifelong families for every child and youth who enters care. Kim Stevens still remembers attending one of his… Read more

Categories: Older Youth Adoption, Supporting Youth

The Community Connections Youth Project: Supporting Success for Youth Who Were in Foster Care

The Problem Each year, about 20,000 young adults age out of the foster care system in the US. Too often, these young people lack the social supports necessary to venture into adulthood successfully. Studies consistently show that young people who exit the foster care system without proper supports are much more likely to become a… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Recruiting Families, Supporting Families, Supporting Youth

Destination Family: Achieving Permanency for Children and Youth Through Relationship Development Matching

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 2; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership Sierra Forever Families’ Destination Family program finds and supports adoptive families for children in foster care. Without specialized permanency services such as this, many more youth would age out of the system without the support they need. With a focus much broader than… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Recruiting Families

Co-Parenting or Shared Parenting

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 2; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership By Phyllis J. Stevens Phyllis Stevens is a foster and adoptive parent and founder of Together As Adoptive Parents, an adoptive parent support network, in Pennsylvania. She also helped start the Philadelphia Resource Parent Association and currently works for the Youth Law Center… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Birth Family Connections, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Supporting Families, Tips and Techniques

Children’s Blocked Trust: How Compassionate Care Helps Reverse the Effects of Early Poor Care

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 2; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership By Jon Baylin, PhD, and Dan Hughes, PhD © 2018 Jon Baylin is a clinical psychologist who has been working in the mental health field for 35 years. For the past 20 years, while continuing his clinical practice, he has immersed himself in… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Supporting Families, Supporting Youth, Trauma

Key Factors and Characteristics of Successful Resource Parents Who Care for Older Youth: A Systematic Review of Research

From the Summer 2017 issue of Adoptalk. Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.   Tamarie and Angelique wrote this article as part of their work on CORE: Teen, a federally funded project to develop training for current and prospective resource parents of children who are older and who have more substantial needs. In this… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Considering Adoption, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Recruiting Families, Supporting Families

Both Sides of the System: The Cycle of Adoption

Born in 1985 to a teenage mother, Ashley was in Florida’s foster care system for almost a decade before she was adopted. She is the author of the international best-seller Three Little Words, the story of her life in care and her adoption, which is being made into a major motion picture. In 2015, she… Read more

Categories: Older Youth Adoption, Parenting, Youth Stories

National Adoption Month Website Has Launched

The Children’s Bureau, in collaboration with its information service, Child Welfare Information Gateway, and AdoptUSKids, just announced the launch of the 2017 National Adoption Month website! Every November, the field honors the families who have adopted, the families considering adoption, and the adoption professionals who make it possible for children and youth to find their… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Recruiting Families, Uncategorized

How to Write a Waiting Child Profile: AdoptUSKids Releases New Narrative-Writing Guidelines for Effective, Strength-Based Photolisting

AdoptUSKids has recently published new public narrative-writing guidelines developed to help workers craft compelling narratives that protect the safety, privacy, and dignity of children. The principle behind these guidelines is that information about children should be shared on a continuum, with positive, descriptive information in the public profile that is available to all and information… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Recruiting Families, Tips and Techniques, Training
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