National Adoption Month 2019
Youth Voices: Why Family Matters

Develop specific prompts and tools to remind child welfare workers to talk with youth about what family and permanency mean to them.

Work with adopted youth to develop materials about what it means to have a permanent family, what adoption can mean for them, and how adoption doesn’t mean replacing their existing relationships.

Strengthen your agency’s prioritization of permanency, as suggested in the publication, Creating a Permanency Driven Organization: A Guidebook for Change in Child Welfare (PDF - 9,155 KB).

Use training materials from the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative to understand the importance of achieving and sustaining permanence for healthy development.