Children adopted by their foster parents may have lived with their families for a long time, but they might need help when their status changes from foster child to permanent family member. Find resources in this section to assist foster/adoptive parents guide children through this transition.
Barriers to Adjustment: Strategies to Ease the Transition
Schooler & Atwood (2008)
In The Whole Life Adoption Book: Realistic Advice for Building a Healthy Adoptive Family
Presents an overview of initial barriers to adoption adjustment and gives suggestions about how parents can cope.
A Child's Journey Through Placement
Provides professionals, parents, and others with knowledge and skills for understanding and working with children and families involved in the child placement process. Specific activities are included that parents and caseworkers can do with children and families to ease the transition from foster to adoptive family.
Creating Threads of Continuity: Helping Infants and Toddlers Through Transitions in Foster Care (PDF - 482 KB)
The Source: Newsletter of the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center, 13(2), 2004
Focuses on strategies to help infants, toddlers, and young children transition from one caregiver to another.
Foster Care Transitions
Center for Adoption Medicine, University of Washington (2007)
Provides tips from a veteran foster and adoptive parent about helping children in foster care transition to a new family.
From Foster Family to Forever Family
National Adoption Center (2008)
Provides an interactive course on the process of adopting one's foster child and equips parents with knowledge to help ease the transition to an adoptive family.
Moving to the Adoptive Family: Through the Eyes of a Child
In Brothers and Sisters in Adoption: Helping Children Navigate Relationships When New Kids Join the Family
Explores the transition of an adopted child into a family and provides strategies for sensitively moving children domestically and internationally.
Staying Connected: How Foster Parents Can Help Smooth Adoption Transitions
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Presents tips and advice from a foster mother regarding how to help children transition from foster care to an adoptive home that is not their foster home.
Transition Guidelines: Healthy Children, Healthy Adults
Foster Care Support Foundation (2007)
Provides commonsense guidelines for transitioning children out of foster homes and into permanent placements.
State and local examples
Transitions in Foster to Adoption: Team Checklist
Utah Department of Human Services, Child and Family Services
Provides a checklist for caseworkers helping children and families transition from foster care to adoption.