Recruiting Families

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

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

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

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

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

Recruiting Families

Across the US and Canada, adoption agencies and their partners are coming up with innovative ways to find families for children in foster care. Below are specific articles about how to recruit families for children who are waiting. Most of the articles were published in Adoptalk, our quarterly newsletter, which is a benefit of NACAC… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Recruiting Families
Son looking at dad

Weekend Miracles: How an International Adoption Recruitment Strategy Helps Recruit Parents for Children in Foster Care

 Weekend Miracles Los Angeles, now entering its second decade, offers a unique and proven approach to creating forever families and lasting connections for adolescents who are languishing in foster care in Los Angeles. Since the program’s official launch in 2006, Weekend Miracles has been a resounding success, having recruited adoptive families, legal guardians, and lasting… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Recruiting Families
A sister and brother

Meet the Kids: A Campaign Engaging Youth in Recruiting Adoptive Families

In 2013, Pennsylvania’s Statewide Adoption and Perma­nency Network (SWAN) launched #MeetTheKids, a new campaign to recruit foster and adoptive families. This unique effort features 12 Pennsylvania youth in foster care using iPods to film each other while they discuss foster care and their need for a permanent family. While the youth filmed one another, a… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Recruiting Families
Boy in black shirt

The Cold Case Project: Digging Deep to Achieve Permanency

Now entering its fifth year, the Georgia Cold Case Project is designed to change outcomes for children who have been in care for years and are likely to age out of care without achieving permanency. The project is a joint effort of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and the Supreme Court… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Recruiting Families

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
Family of 4 at Lake

Finding African American Families for Foster Children: Tips for Workers & Agencies

from Summer 2005 Adoptalk The federal fiscal year 2003 AFCARS report suggests that by October 2003, more than 40 percent of children in foster care who needed adoptive families—nearly 50,000—were African American. By contrast, as of July 2003, only 13.3 percent of the entire U.S. population was black. This appalling disproportionality makes the task of… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Recruiting Families

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