Adoption Triad

October 17, 2017

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­Building an Effective Response System

Through Preparation and Support

While previous response efforts have focused primarily on retention, adoption agencies are increasingly focusing on actively preparing, developing, and supporting prospective adoptive families. This kind of response system begins at the first contact with a family and includes ongoing preparing, training, and active partnerships between child welfare agencies and prospective adoptive parents.

Active preparation and ongoing development and support of adoptive families increases placement stability and permanency for children and youth in foster care. This includes providing parents with information about the needs of children in their home, training about evidence-based interventions, and connecting parents with peer-mentor or support groups. Below, find resources designed to help child welfare professionals assess and develop their agency’s ability to support and develop prospective adoptive families:

  1. Learn about the importance of planning, developing, implementing, and assessing a child welfare agency’s ability to respond to inquiries from resource families in First Impressions: the Power of an Effective Response System, a webinar produced by the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids.  
  2. Understand the practice implications for developing a child welfare agency's capacity to support foster families who adopt in Preparing and Supporting Foster Parents Who Adopt (PDF - 378 KB) by Child Welfare Information Gateway.
  3. Explore methods to increase a child welfare agency’s capacity to support adoptive parents for older youth in Going Beyond Recruitment for Older Youth: Increasing Your System's Capacity to Respond to Prospective Parents and Prepare Older Youth for Adoption by the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids. Professionals can find practical applications designed to facilitate open communication between older youth and prospective adoptive parents in order to support permanency. 



Jennifer Osborne, Content Coordinator
Child Welfare Information Gateway

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