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July 2018   |   Archive   |   National Adoption Month   

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Recruiting, Developing, and Supporting Foster and Adoptive Families

Resource families are essential partners in promoting well-being and providing safe and stable homes for children and youth in out-of-home care. The ability to match children in foster care with well-equipped resource families is essential in both reunification and adoption efforts. Most children in foster care will have a history of trauma and may exhibit challenging behaviors once placed in a foster or adoptive home. Therefore, effective preparation and support of resource families should begin at their first contact with a child welfare agency and continue throughout a foster care placement and long after adoption finalization.

In recognition of the importance of this continuum of adoption preservation and support services, the Children’s Bureau recently awarded Spaulding for Children funding to develop an intensive preparation and development training program for foster and adoptive parents that will focus on the competencies needed for stability and permanence. Once completed, this program is intended to be available for use by all states, tribes, and jurisdictions free of charge.

This month's Adoption Triad focuses on resources to help child welfare professionals identify, develop, and continually support strong resource families.


3 Resources About a Continuum of Services

What Social Service Professionals Need to Know to Support Guardianship Families

By Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support
and Preservation

Support Matters: Lessons From the Field on Services for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Families

By AdoptUSKids


Preparing and
Supporting Foster
Parents Who Adopt


By Child Welfare
Information Gateway 



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