Resources for Professionals

Adoption Information & Resources

Resources on all aspects of domestic and intercountry adoption, with a focus on adoption from the U.S. foster care system. Includes information for adoption professionals, adopted adults, expectant parents considering adoption, birth parents and relatives, and prospective and adoptive parents on a broad range of adoption topics. Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2013).

Link: https://www.childwelfare.gov/t...?hasBeenRedirected=1

 

Advocates for Family First

“The mission of Advocates for Families First is to build a unified national movement in support of kinship, foster, and adoptive families who care for children and youth, promote their healing, and help them thrive.”

Link: http://advocatesforfamiliesfirst.org/

 

After Foster Care and Juvenile Justice: A Preview of the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation

This policy brief provides an overview of the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation, one of the largest and most rigorous evaluations of services for youth who are leaving the foster care and juvenile justice systems. It summarizes the policy context for the evaluation, describes the characteristics of the early study sample, offers preliminary observations from the beginning of the study, and lays out a timeline for the next steps in the evaluation. Trauma-focused therapy is mentioned. MDRC. (2012).

Link: http://www.mdrc.org/publicatio...and-juvenile-justice

 

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Working With Youth to Develop a Transition Plan

Link: https://www.childwelfare.gov/p...ransitional_plan.pdf

 

Children in Foster Care with Parents in Federal Prison: A Toolkit for Child Welfare Agencies, Federal Prisons, and Residential Reentry Centers

A toolkit to facilitate communication and cooperation between child welfare agencies and federal prisons so that parents can stay engaged in their children's lives.

Link: http://csgjusticecenter.org/wp...3/06/COIP-Tookit.pdf

 

The FairStart Training

[Birth to age three] This European project with eight member countries, is designed to support professionals, their knowledge and care-taking practices development for young children placed outside the home. It provides a detailed and easy-to-use online training program for foster/adoptive manager, scientists, educational institutions or professional caretakers in public or private institutions, foster care or other child-placement facilities. This is the USA branch website.

Link: http://www.train.fairstartedu.us/

 

Health Insurance for Young Adults Who Used to Be in Foster Care

Information for former foster children under the age of 26 about receiving health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Link: http://www.aap.org/en-us/advoc...sthash.VomrZ0Kx.dpuf

 

Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope With Trauma

The AAP has developed materials for pediatricians and parents on how to support adoptive and foster families. (Apr. 2013).

Link: http://www.aap.org/en-us/advoc...es/Trauma-Guide.aspx

 

How Can State Law Support School Continuity and Success for Students in Foster Care?

Link: http://childwelfaresparc.org/w...s-in-Foster-Care.pdf

 

Medicaid to 26 for Former Foster Youth: An Update on the State Option and State Efforts to Ensure Coverage for All Young People Irrespective of Where They Aged Out of Care

Link: http://childwelfaresparc.org/w...er-Foster-Youth7.pdf

 

Post Adoption Resources and News

ACEsConnection member Kim Stevens creates a bi-weekly news blast that contains news and resources from around the US and Canada that adoptive families, child welfare professionals and adopted/foster/aged out youth can put to use. Send her a message to be added to the list.

 

Sustaining Momentum: Improving Educational Stability for Young People in Foster Care

The Annie E. Casey Foundations report on their efforts to create educational stability for foster youth.

Link: http://www.aecf.org/m/resource...ingMomentum-2014.pdf

 

Therapeutic Foster Care: Exceptional Care for Complex, Trauma-Impacted Youth in Foster Care

This 13-page brief highlights the promising practice of therapeutic, or treatment foster care (TFC) and its success in delivering services to foster youth with severe mental, emotional, or behavioral health needs or for medically fragile or developmentally delayed youth whose physical and emotional health needs require more intensive clinical and medical intervention than can be accommodated in traditional foster care. Boyd. (July 2013).

Link: https://childwelfaresparc.file...h-in-foster-care.pdf

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