Exploring permanency options for older youth in foster care requires a focus on two key components: (1) recruiting and preparing adoptive families who can meet the needs of older youth and (2) engaging and supporting older youth in conversations about their futures and their openness to adoption.
This tip sheet provides child welfare professionals with a framework for how to talk with older youth about permanency, including key considerations and suggestions for starting a conversation as well as ways to make these discussions more effective and meaningful.
Acknowledgment(s): This tip sheet was developed in collaboration with AdoptUSKids.
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway, & AdoptUSKids. (2016). Talking with older youth about adoption. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.
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