Preparing Children and Youth for Adoption or Other Family Permanency

Date: January 2020

Children, including youth, leaving out-of-home care for adoption or other family permanency require preparation and support to help them understand past events in their lives and process feelings connected to their experiences of abuse and neglect, separation, and loss. This bulletin will help child welfare professionals better understand the feelings and emotions children may experience regarding permanency and prepare them for placements with permanent families. Its focus is on adoption, but much of the information is also applicable to children with other permanency goals, such as kinship care or guardianship.

 Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2020). Preparing children and youth for adoption or other family permanency. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau.

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