Keeping Children Safe Through Family-Strengthening and Support
Maintaining safety and keeping children free from abuse are among the many key desired outcomes of the Child and Family Services Reviews. In this section find resources to help professionals prevent re-abuse of children and youth who have been adopted.
Promoting the Five Protective Factors
Children's Bureau (HHS), Child Welfare Information Gateway, FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, & Center for the Study of Social Policy-Strengthening Families (2011)
In Families and Communities: 2010 Resource Guide
Highlights strategies that can strengthen families by promoting key factors that prevent child abuse and neglect. The guide includes resources for workers to share with parents and strategies to promote community awareness of these key protective factors.
A Guide to Crisis Prevention and Planning for Foster/Adoptive Families (PDF - 1120 KB)
Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (2004)
Intended to help foster and adoptive parents recognize danger signals and situations that make a child feel very stressed or uncomfortable and to know what to do when a crisis occurs so that important decisions can be made quickly.
Meeting the Long-Term Needs of Families Who Adopt Children Out of Foster Care: A Three-Year Follow-Up Study
Houston & Kramer
Child Welfare, 87, 2008
Assesses the extent to which agency and nonagency supportive resources contributed to the stability and well-being of 34 newly adoptive families over 3 years.
Respite as a Support Service for Adoptive Families (PDF - 44 KB)
ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center & Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project (1994)
Provides strategies for addressing the needs of adoptive families using respite services and their children as well as the providers serving those families.
Self-Care: Barriers and Basics for Foster/Adoptive Parents
North American Council on Adoptable Children (2005)
Addresses challenges and barriers that adoptive parents face in caring for their children and provides helpful tips and suggestions.
Support Groups and Chat Lists
PACT, An Adoption Alliance
Lists links to chat groups, educational discussion groups, play groups, and speakers, many in the San Francisco Bay area.
Taking a Break: Creating Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Respite in Your Community (PDF - 1997 KB)
North American Council on Adoptable Children, National Foster Parent Association, & the Collaboration to AdoptUsKids (2008)
Helps parent group leaders partner with public agencies to develop respite care programs in their communities and includes step-by-step guidelines and sample forms.
The Use of Intensive Family Preservation Services With Adoptive Families
Berry, Propp, & Martens (2007)
Explores in great depth the use of intensive family preservation services with adoptive families and the factors related to the family's ability to stay intact beyond services.
Vulnerability, Risk, Protective Factors, and the Quality of Child-Parent Attachment in Foster and Adoptive Families (PDF - 308 KB)
Gomez & Brown
Illinois Child Welfare, 3(1-2), 2007
Uses the theoretical perspective of attachment theory to examine key factors in the parent/child relationship in foster and adoptive families. Several implications of research findings from the attachment tradition are noted for professionals working with or on behalf of foster/adoptive families.