Older Youth Adoption

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

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

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

Older Child Adoption

Every youth in foster care needs and deserves a permanent, loving family. Despite the nation’s stated goal to achieve permanency for children, in 2015 more than 20,000 youth aged out of foster care, meaning they left the child welfare system without a permanent family. The number of youth who age out of foster care has… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Older Youth Adoption
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… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Older Youth Adoption

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… Read 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… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Older Youth Adoption, Youth Stories
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… Read 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… Read more

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

Successful Older Child Adoption: Lessons from the Field

Published in the Summer 2010 issue of Adoptalk In fall 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rewarded 38 states for increasing foster care adoptions. Some states were particularly adept at finding families for older youth—in 2008, adoptions of children nine and up rose 39 percent in Florida, 25 percent in Texas, and… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Older Youth Adoption, Recruiting Families

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… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Older Youth Adoption

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… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Older Youth Adoption

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