Preparing and Supporting Children and Youth
Children and youth in out-of-home care need preparation and support as part of the permanency planning process.
Enhancing Permanency for Youth in Out-of-Home Care
Addresses the specific challenges of permanency planning with youth and highlights successful models and strategies. (PDF - 446 KB)
A Call to Action: An Integrated Approach to Youth Permanency and Preparation for Adulthood (PDF 190 KB)
Casey Family Services (2005)
Discusses the problems youth face when aging out of foster care without a permanent family, and calls for an integrated approach to youth permanency and preparation for adulthood.
Field-Initiated Research on Successful Adolescent Adoptions (PDF 1065 KB)
The Center for Child and Family Studies (2004)
This study of families who adopted adolescents examined adolescent, family, and systems factors associated with successful adoptions.
Plan, Prepare, and Support to Prevent Disruptions
North American Council on Adoptable Children
What workers, agencies, legislators, and individuals can do to prepare and support children and parents throughout the adoption process and prevent disruptions.
|Preparing Children and Youth for Adoption or Other Family Permanency|
|Series Title:||Bulletins for Professionals|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
Download (PDF - 406KB)
|Year Published:||2013 - 14 pages|
|Discusses services for children and youth in foster care to address their readiness and preparation for adoption and other permanent relationships. It focuses on ways that child welfare workers and other adults can help to prepare those children and youth whose goal is adoption; however, much of the information on preparation is also applicable to children and youth with other permanency goals. The bulletin examines what has previously been considered adequate preparation as well as current practices and those in development to more effectively ensure that children and youth are better prepared for permanent family relationships, including both legal and ...|
Adoption Competency Curriculum - Trainer's Guide - Family Assessment and Preparation Module
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption (2008)
Presents a comprehensive curriculum that explains the process of adoption of children and youth from the child welfare system.
Ongoing Connections: Parenting Curriculum Trainer's Guide (PDF - 1444 KB)
Designed to prepare prospective adoptive parents interested in offering a permanent family to older youth in the foster care system. It will assist them in exploring the importance of permanence for the youth as well as the benefits gained when the youth maintain connections with significant people from their past after they join a family.
Achieving & maintaining permanency: Resources for teachers
Achieving & maintaining permanency: Mediation for permanency planning
Out-of-home care: Casework practice in out-of-home care
Family-centered practice: Engaging children and youth
Out-of-home care: Youth perspectives
Systemwide: Cultural competence