Working With Children With Disabilities
Some children in foster care waiting for adoption have developmental, physical, or emotional disabilities. Child welfare agencies may undertake targeted or child-specific recruitment efforts to help these children find permanent families. This section provides resources and promising practices for caseworkers working with children with disabilities, including State and local examples.
Every Child Is Special: Placing Disabled Children for Permanence
Guides adoption and foster care agencies and workers through the processes of planning for a permanent home for disabled children and recruiting suitable adoptive families.
Family and Professional Considerations for Adoptive Parents of Children With Special Needs
Perry & Henry
Marriage and Family Review, 45(5), 2009
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Reviews research on parenting a child with special needs, focusing on the characteristics, implications, and considerations of individuals who choose to adopt a child with a genetic or other physical or mental disability. The literature review includes information on adoptive parent traits that may contribute to successful placements for children with disabilities.
Here I Am! A Lifebook Kit for Use With Children With Developmental Disabilities
Schroen & Halleen
Outlines strategies and provides simple pictures to help developmentally disabled children understand why they do not live at home with their families. The kit is designed for use by social workers, therapists, residential and mental health staff, foster parents and adoptive parents.
Independent Journeys: New Opportunities for Older Adoptees With Intellectual Abilities
Goldstone & Goldstone
Adoption Today, 12(12), 2010
Discusses the difficulties faced by adoptees with intellectual disabilities as they transition to adulthood, including the story of a young woman adopted from Romania. The article also highlights a database for postsecondary programs for youth with disabilities and provides information on funding postsecondary education.
Keeping Attachment in Mind: The Role of the Child's Social Worker
Schofield & Beek (2006)
In Attachment Handbook for Foster Care and Adoption
Considers how attachment theory can be applied to key practice issues, including assessing, matching, listening to, and working with children and supporting placement.
Permanency Planning for Adolescents With Disabilities
ABA Child Law Practice, 24(8), (2005)
Assists advocates with permanency planning for adolescents with disabilities and discusses practice guidelines.
Supporting the Transition of Infants With Prenatal Substance Exposure From Foster to Adoptive Homes (PDF - 482 KB)
National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center
The Source, 13(2), (2004)
Reviews components of the foster-to-adoptive home transition process developed by the Safe Babies project in British Columbia, Canada. The article describes strategies for identifying and educating potential adoptive parents, the matching process, preplacement, placement transition, and postplacement.
State and local examples
From Foster Care to Adoption: Addressing System-Level Challenges for Children With Developmental Disabilities
Kramer, Zipper, & Leach (2005)
Discusses activities and outcomes of a project in North Carolina designed to promote system-level changes to increase the number of adoptions for children with developmental disabilities.
Who Will Take Care of Me?: A Manual for Professionals Working With Children Whose Parents Have HIV/AIDS
New York Council on Adoptable Children (2003)
Describes the psychosocial implications of anticipatory grief and bereavement, focusing on the family, child, and professional; confidentiality and disclosure issues; and the legal and financial issues around permanency planning options for children. Adoption, foster care, custody, and guardianship are discussed in detail.
Systemwide: Service array - Services to children & youth with disabilities: Children & youth with disabilities in the child welfare system - Maltreatment of children & youth with disabilities
Systemwide: Service array - Services to children & youth with disabilities: Children & youth with disabilities in the child welfare system - Service needs of children & youth with disabilities in out-of-home care
Out-of-home care: Casework practice in out-of-home care - Casework practice with children and youth in out-of-home care: Children with disabilities