Adoption Triad

October 15, 2013

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The October edition of Adoption Triad focuses on youth's participation in permanency. It is important for youth in foster care to be active participants in their permanency plans, and professionals in the field must strive to ensure that youth leave care with at least one permanent, lifelong relationship with a caring adult. Unfortunately, many youth do leave foster care without any permanent connections.


Even if a youth's initial answer to the question "Do you want to be adopted?" is "no," skilled foster care and adoption professionals can help youth unpack that "no" and work with them to safely establish lifelong relationships—whether through adoption, guardianship, or some other permanent, family-like connection. Find resources below to help professionals listen to youths' voices and engage them in shaping their own permanency plans.

  1. Visit the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections website to find (1) a web section that allows professionals to learn about and listen to youth voices and find ways to involve youth in their permanency plans and (2) a newsletter that features articles on "Unpacking the 'No' of Permanency" and "Supervisory Support for Promoting Permanency for Older Youth and Young Adults":
  2. Explore the National Adoption Month (NAM) website, a partnership between Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids, to see the results of collaboration with youth from the Young Adult Training and Technical Assistance Network (YATTA) who gave their perspectives on the resources available to help professionals and organizations partner with youth for permanency:
    • The For Youth section has resources to help youth get involved in their permanency plans, stay connected to adults and peers, stay safe online, and watch videos of other youth in care.
    • The Video Gallery section brings to life the stories of the thousands of children, youth, and families that have been positively impacted by adoption.
  3. View real-life stories from youth in care through videos on the National Foster Care Month (NFCM) and Foster Club websites, and review Foster Club’s free tool and printable permanency pact, which can be shared with youth in your caseloads and their supportive adults:

Adoption Triad is published on the third Tuesday of each month. We welcome your feedback on Adoption Triad, as well as on our website and publications.


Phyllis Charles
Adoption Program Manager
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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