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Preparing Children and Youth for Adoption or Other Family Permanency
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 relational permanency (permanent relationships with caring adults).
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Acknowledgment(s): This bulletin was developed by Child Welfare Information Gateway in partnership with Darla Henry, Ph.D. This document is made possible by the Children's Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The conclusions discussed here are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views or policies of the funding agency.
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2013). Preparing children and youth for adoption or other family permanency. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children?s Bureau.
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