Preparing Adoptive Parents

Date: January 2020
Preparing Adoptive Parents

Author(s): Information Gateway

Year Published: 2020

File Size: 388 KB

Caseworkers can support families adopting children from foster care by being upfront with them about what they might expect regarding bonding with the child, parenting a child who has experienced loss and grief, how parents and children may emotionally process the adoption, the supports available to both the child and parents, and other important topics. This bulletin provides caseworkers with information and resources about the importance of preparing adoptive parents as well as how they can help prepare them for this journey. Information in this bulletin also may be pertinent for working with families formed through other types of permanency, such as guardianship. 

Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2020). Preparing adoptive parents. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau.

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