Child Trends Introduces New Tool in Comparable Child Welfare Data

Chronicle of Social Change - March 08, 2019

Child Trends has released a new tool that offers browsers a robust collection of data around child maltreatment, foster care, kinship caregivers and adoption for all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. The figures are drawn from the most recent Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report, the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources. All the information is pegged to national trendlines for comparison purposes.

Tool: State-level data for understanding child welfare in the United States:

Published in Data & Technology

Adoption support and preservation services are essential to ensure well-being and long-term stability of children who are adopted and their families. Extensive research and field practice have indicated that postpermanency services can be implemented with a prevention approach that assesses and identifies factors before a family experiences the severity of a crisis situation. Unfortunately, experiencing a crisis without proper support and services may result in an adoption dissolution, which may have a detrimental impact to the child’s life and future. Therefore, it is crucial to empower adoptive parents to develop the skills and competencies to meet their children’s needs throughout the developmental stages and equip them to overcome parenting challenges.

The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) uses evidence-based models of intervention to address the pre- and postpermanency needs of adoptive families with the purpose to prevent discontinuity. The QIC-AG Permanency Continuum Framework has been adapted from the Institute of Medicine prevention model for behavioral health conditions that categorizes prevention by various levels of risk.

According to the QIC-AG, there are four distinct post-permanency intervals: universal, selective, indicated, and intensive services.

  • Universal prevention is focused on the general population of adoptive families and utilizes ongoing outreach efforts and engagement strategies to keep families connected to the program and aware of available services they can access when needed. 
  • Selective prevention targets families assessed as having higher levels of risk, specifically those who are showing signs and behaviors known to heighten risk. These families indicate a need for services or support but are not in severe risk of postpermanency disruption. 
  • Indicated services target families who are exhibiting behaviors known to heighten risk and have indicated a need for support services but are not at risk for discontinuity.
  • Intensive services are specialized to provide urgent and tailored services for adoptive families experiencing a crisis. This level of prevention is executed in response to a critical situation and are intended to reduce the impact by stabilizing and strengthening the family structure.

Providing a continuum of pre- and postpermanency services lays a strong foundation for adoptive families and children as they transition to build a new forever family together. The following resources include components of effective adoption support and preservation services that strengthen and provide critical support for adoptive families.

3 Resources About Post-Permanency Service

Plan, Prepare, and
Support to Prevent Disruptions

By the
North American Council
on Adoptable Children

Tennessee Focus: Intensive Services

By the Quality
Improvement Center
for Adoption and
Guardianship Support
and Preservation

Vermont Focus:
Universal Interval


By the Quality
Improvement Center
for Adoption and
Guardianship Support
and Preservation


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Protective Factors in Practice Vignettes - Test Your Knowledge!

The following scenarios illustrate how multiple protective factors support and strengthen families who are experiencing stress. These vignettes may be used during training for new family support workers, as a learning tool when working one-on-one with parents, or to stimulate discussion at a parent or community café.


The ABA Center on Children and the Law is excited to share that the Family Justice Initiative (FJI) website has launched! The FJI is comprised of a diverse team of partners located throughout the country who are working collaboratively with, the ABA Center on Children and the Law, Children's Law Center of California, the Center for Family Representation, and Casey Family Programs to ensure that every child and every parent has high-quality legal representation when child welfare courts make life-changing decisions about their families. The website is an informative and interactive way to share important information, updates, and resources with child welfare practitioners across the country. Visit the FJI website to learn how you can become a part of the movement!<>

For more information: 

Mimi Laver

Director, Legal Representation

ABA Center on Children and the Law

1050 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400

Washington, DC 20036


Access to Justice for Children and Families [sigline-register now (002)]

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This report turns the lens on young people who age out of foster care and explores four areas — education, early parenthood, homelessness and incarceration — where they fare worse than their general population peers. Readers will learn the economic cost of this shortfall and see how targeted interventions can help these youth while also erasing billions of dollars in unnecessary costs.

Read this new report from Annie E. Casey Foundation - click here.

Released January 2019

Advocate - February 16, 2019

They first came to the Legislature as part of a fledgling internship program through the nonprofit Louisiana Institute for Children in Families. But they are expected to be key players this session, as the Legislature debates extending foster care beyond age 18.

Published in Children's Justice Act

Study shows LGBTQ youth don't fare well in child welfare system

Q Notes - February 22, 2019

LGBTQ youth are more likely to end up in foster care or unstable housing and suffer negative outcomes, such as substance abuse or mental health issues, while living in the child welfare system, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Also: LGBTQ Youth in Unstable Housing and Foster Care:

Published in LGBTQ Youth

A new comprehensive resource with easy-to-use interactive features compiles critical data on children, youth, and families who had contact with the child welfare system in 2017. This resource highlights state- and national-level data on child maltreatment, foster care, kinship caregiving, and adoption. These data are important because they help public officials and advocates understand how many children and youth had contact with the child welfare system, and why these interactions occurred.

Access website - click here.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 08:58

Zero to Three: State of Babies Yearbook 2019

The 12 million infants and toddlers in the U.S. are our next generation of parents, leaders, and workers. Yet far too many face persistent hardships that undermine their development. We can’t afford to squander the potential of a single child. 

That’s why we’re excited to release the State of Babies Yearbook: 2019. The first of its kind Yearbook compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of America's babies to help policymakers and advocates advance policies and budgets that put babies and families first. 

Click for the report.

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About the Biden Foundation: The Biden Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation established to carry on Vice President and Dr. Biden’s lifelong commitment to public service. By leveraging existing networks and institutions to support, serve, and advocate for LGBTQ communities, the foundation is dedicated to working toward a future where all people are equal in dignity and opportunity. Learn more about As You Are:
About the Institute for Innovation and Implementation: The Institute for Innovation & Implementation (The Institute) is a part of the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. The Institute is committed to building research-based, innovative, sustainable, and transformative child-and family-serving systems, services, and workforce capacity in partnership with government agencies; provider, community, and family- and youth-run organizations; and other leaders and stakeholders to integrate systems and improve outcomes for and with children, youth, and families involved in the public systems. Learn more about The Institute:

The video is part of a larger campaign by the Biden Foundation, “As You Are: A Family and Community Acceptance Campaign.” Check out stories and resources on family and community acceptance!

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