Achieving Permanency

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… More

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

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… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Recruiting Families

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… 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… More

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

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

Prioritizing Permanency

At NACAC, we believe that every child and youth needs and deserves a permanent, loving family. Sadly, each year more than 20,000 youth age out of foster care without being connected to a legally permanent family. The articles below are designed to help child welfare workers and administrators consider how to make permanency a reality… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice
Mom and 2 Teens

Youth Are Never Too Old to Be Adopted

“You are never too old to be adopted,” said one young woman during an interview for a recently completed study on successful adolescent adoptions. “It´s the most important thing that happened to me,” said another adoptee. “I got a family and found love. I have everything one hopes for. I fit in a family.” These… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Older Youth Adoption
Boy by trees

Creating Permanency after a Disrupted Placement

  Janice Expecting a child who has lived through a disrupted adoption to believe in the permanency of a new parental commitment is a very tall order. Think about it: How many adults get hurt in a relationship and then walk confidently into the next one with an open heart and mind? Each time we… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice

From Both Sides of the System: The Cycle of Adoption

Inside and Outside There was a time when my identity was that of an abused, neglected, and abandoned foster child. Sometimes I sense that the same lonely little girl still resides somewhere deep inside. However, I’m relieved to now have a cluster of other, more positive, identities: social worker, wife, mother, foster mother, adoptive mother, writer, and advocate… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Older Youth Adoption
teen-in-front-of-mirro

Teens Need Permanency and Purpose

by Catherine Sanders I came into the system in 2008 when I was 13 years old. At that time, my case plan was reunification. I knew from the start that I didn’t want to return to my biological mother. I constantly told my workers and everyone else involved in the case that, but no one… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Older Youth Adoption, Youth Stories
two teenaged girls

Why We Need to Prioritize Permanency

Lexie entered foster care when she was 15 years old and aged out without finding a foster or adoptive family. She has become a vocal advocate for finding families for all children and youth in care. The article below is adapted from remarks Lexie gave at a briefing on Capitol Hill in September 2014 titled… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Youth Stories
Teenage girl with braids

Permanency Planning Mediation

In 1999, the California Department of Social Services and Consortium for Children partnered to launch an innovative new program—Permanency Planning Mediation. The partners were looking for an effective way to use openness to shorten a child’s time in foster care by avoiding costly and time-consuming contested termination of parental rights hearings while also helping maintain… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Birth Family Connections, Parenting
Latino Family members

Latino Families Are a Valuable Resource for Waiting Children

From Summer 2012 Adoptalk   According to the 2012 AFCARS report, close to 84,000 Hispanic or Latino children were in care at the end of fiscal year 2011. About 22 percent (almost 23,000) of those children were waiting to be adopted. Of the 50,516 children who found adoptive families in 2011, 21 percent (10,757) were… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice
Father and son

Adoption = Forever and Always

Think back to when you were leaving high school and starting college. What did you do in the summer? Attend cookouts and other events with your family? Sleep in and hang out with friends? Work to earn money for school? What about the 20,000 youth in foster care who age out each year. How do… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Advocacy, Older Youth Adoption, Youth Advocacy, Youth Stories
Woman walking down path

From Fear to Advocacy: My Journey from Foster Care to Helping Others

from Summer 2011 Adoptalk “He’ll never amount to anything.” Would those words destroy or motivate you? For me, the words simply seemed true; I should be a failure. Statistics would predict that I’m in prison, but that wasn’t my destiny, was it? Who can know for certain if I will amount to anything, and why… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Advocacy, Older Youth Adoption, Supporting Youth, Youth Advocacy

It’s Time to Make Older Child Adoption a Reality: Because Every Child and Youth Deserves a Family

This NACAC publication identifies key policy and practice barriers to the adoption of older children and youth. It also makes recommendations for changes that will ensure that more older children and youth achieve permanence. The publication also highlights existing policies and programs that are helping more older children find permanence through adoption. Download a PDF… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Older Youth Adoption
teenaged girl

Permanence Can Mean Going Home

The bond between parents and children, even in families where abuse and neglect occurs, can be quite strong. Children who enter foster care after spending years with their birth family never forget their family of origin, and some never lose the primal desire to return home. For teens in foster care who lack other permanency… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice

A Family for Every Child: Strategies to Achieve Permanence for Older Foster Children and Youth

This publication describes characteristics of older waiting children and identifies barriers that are keeping children and youth in care. Then it provides detailed steps that child welfare administrators and workers can take to replicate successful youth permanency efforts. Download a PDF… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Older Youth Adoption
Family of 3

Positive Outcomes: What Workers Can Learn from Successful Teen Adoptions

Spring 2005 Adoptalk   According to the Children’s Bureau, a child’s chance of being adopted dramatically drops once he or she is within a few years of adolescence. It is also commonly understood that teens who age out of care face a very uncertain future. To address the need to seek stable homes for older… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice

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