Adoption Practice

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

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: Featured, 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

Behavioral Interventionist Program: Keeping Youth in Families and Out of Group Care

From the Winter 2017 issue of Adoptalk. Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership. On a Friday morning in 2013, Lori and Randy went to visit their adopted daughter, Shawna (named has been changed), at her residential treatment center—one of many she’d been in during the last two years. Shawna had experienced extreme neglect in… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Model Programs, Post Adoption Services, Supporting Families, Supporting Youth

Report Features Data to Support Positive Child and Family Well-Being

A new Casey Family Programs illuminates the importance of HOPE—Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences—a framework that studies and promotes positive child and family well-being. presents data that reinforces the need and opportunity to support families and communities in the cultivation of relationships and environments that promote healthy childhood development. It also encourages critical reflection… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Trauma

Transforming the Adoptive and Foster Care Placements of Children Through the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise Webinar

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) governs foster care and adoption placements across the U.S. It is estimated that states explore ICPC placements for nearly 100,000 children each year, but persistent challenges remain in the implementation of the compact. In 2013, the American Public Human Services Association and its affiliate, the AAICPC… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Model Programs, Recruiting Families, Training

Behavioral Interventionist Model: Keeping Children with Extreme Challenges Home for Treatment Webinar

Learn about an innovative program currently operating in Missouri that has the potential to revolutionize mental health treatment for kids in the child welfare system who have suffered extreme trauma. Designed by an adoptive parent whose children were in residential care but not getting better, this program is based on her personal approach to “What I need… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Disabilities & Challenges, Model Programs, Parenting, Post Adoption Services, Sample Post-Adoption Programs, Training

Improving Safety, Permanency, and Well-Being for LGBTQ Youth Webinar

This informative webinar is designed for anyone parenting or providing services for LGBTQ children and youth in foster care, adoption, or relative care. Included is an overview of what we know about: LGBTQ youth in out of home care the impact of family rejection their struggle for inclusion and safety when in care lack of… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Advocacy, LGBTQ, Older Youth Adoption, Training, Youth

Hidden in Plain Sight: Accessing Funding for Specialized Youth Permanency Services Webinar

In the late 1990s child welfare leaders began to challenge the belief that attaining permanent families for preteens and teens was an impossible goal, and model specialized youth permanency services were developed across the country. Sadly many of the projects fell into disuse as initial funding sunset. In many cases, counties and states failed to… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Advocacy, Finding Funding, Recruiting Families, Training

Who To Contact If Adoption Assistance Payment Is Late

NACAC frequently receives calls from adoptive parents about their adoption assistance payments. Usually these calls are about a payment that hasn’t been received, but sometimes they are asking about how payments can be made, especially via direct deposit. Below is the information we have for every state that has responded. Arizona The date the check… Read more

Categories: Adoption Assistance, Adoption Assistance/Subsidy US, Recruiting Families

Find Local Adoption Support

If you need support or have questions related to your adoption, you can connect with the organizations and individuals below in your state or province. The first listing is typically the local post-adoption service provider(s) and then, where we have them, you’ll find a NACAC volunteer who is willing to answer your questions. United States… Read more

Categories: Supporting Families

Adoption Practice Training

Below are online training sessions NACAC has offered related to adoption practice. For more about educational opportunities, visit the Training section of our site. Training… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Training
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