For Professionals

Child welfare and adoption professionals are vitally important in finding permanent families for older youth in foster care. Professionals also share the responsibility of helping youth understand their permanency options, including adoption, and are often among the first adults to help youth navigate the choices and challenges of their future. Successful adoption requires intersystem and interagency coordination and collaboration to deliver services that support a young person's permanency goals. Find resources below to help professionals recruit, develop, and support adoptive families for older youth. Also, connect with State and local resources.

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