Adoption Triad

August 19, 2014

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This month's Adoption Triad focuses on adoption assistance. Federal adoption assistance was first made available under the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 (P.L. 96-272) in order to reduce barriers and provide incentives to adoption by providing financial (and other) assistance to help support children adopted from foster care. Federal adoption assistance was expanded to include older youth and relative guardians under the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351). Explore resources below to learn more about adoption and guardianship assistance.

  1. Read publications from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and Child Welfare Information Gateway that address adoption assistance:
  2. Review additional resources on adoption and guardianship assistance via Child Welfare Information Gateway and the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (AAICAMA):
  3. Explore Information Gateway's Adoption Assistance by State database which is maintained by AAICAMA staff, to find State-specific policies on adoption assistance and postadoption services:


Phyllis Charles
Child Welfare Program Manager - Adoption
Child Welfare Information Gateway

Adoption Triad is distributed at no charge by Child Welfare Information Gateway (, a service of the Children's Bureau/ACF/HHS ( It provides adoption professionals with practical information to help them identify, recruit, train, and retain families for children and youth, and provides resources on all aspects of adoption for members of the adoption triad: birth parents, adopted people, and adoptive parents.


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