When placement decisions are made, it is important for the child’s safety to be at the forefront. Beyond safety, professionals should consider factors such as family preference, cultural backgrounds, strengths and needs of the child, caretaker’s ability to meet their needs, location of their school, continued connection to their community, and other issues as appropriate. Considering these factors, and completing preplacement visits whenever possible, are important to long-term placement stability. The resources on this page provide information for child welfare professionals about how to make placement decisions, how to promote stability, and how to minimize the number of placements a child lives in while in out-of-home care.
30 Days to Family®
Foster & Adopt Care Coalition
Explores children’s relatives and kin placement options and supports.
Achieving Placement Stability [Learning Experience]
Capacity Building Center for States (2016)
Helps States and territories build their capacity to provide a child or youth in foster care with a stable, secure, and long-term family environment in which to live. This learning experience includes seven interactive modules. Free registration is required to access this resource.
Beyond the Search: Supporting Potential Families After Family-Finding Efforts
Offers key considerations to be mindful of when child welfare systems use a family finding approach to identify a safe, stable, and permanent placement for a child or youth.
The Child Welfare Placement Continuum: What's Best for Children?
National Conference of State Legislatures (2019)
Discusses the importance of keeping children with their families when possible and placing them in the least restrictive, family-like environment when that is not possible. The webpage explores kinship care, foster care, and residential or group homes.
Court Hearings for the Permanent Placement of Children
Determining the Best Interests of the Child
Kinnect to Family
Identifies strategies for children and families engaging in the child welfare system to connect and engage with family.
Placement of Children With Relatives
Placement Process Resource Guide (PDF - 708 KB)
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (2020)
Provides child welfare professionals with guidance, recommendations, and procedures regarding placing children in out-of-home care in Texas.
Trauma-Informed Care in Child Welfare Part 1: Introduction to TIC [Video]
The Center for Child Welfare (2021)
Details a two-part training on how to apply a trauma-informed care approach in child welfare settings by teaching participants to view child behavior problems and parental abusive behavior through a trauma-informed lens.