Wednesday, 02 October 2019 10:04

Adopting as a Single Parent

Published: 2019
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Abstract: Explores issues that are specifically relevant to single people considering adoption. The factsheet includes information about available adoption opportunities, including domestic adoption, intercountry adoption, and adopting from foster care. It also discusses the importance of having a support system and dispels the myth that being single impedes the adoption process. 

Despite the increasing use of adoption to provide permanence for children living in out-of-home care, relatively little is known about the children involved. This paper presents findings on the previous life experiences of an entire cohort of ‘difficult to place’ adoptees who were placed in Australia over 26 years. 
Author(s): Tregeagle, Susan.;Moggach, Lynn.;Trivedi, Helen.;Ward, Harriet.
Published: 2019
Journal Name: Children and Youth Services Review
v. 96, January 2019, p. 55-63
Available from: Elsevier

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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What Adoptive Parents Need to Know About Birth Certificates

Fatherly - December 04, 2018

Adoptive parents overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork involved in the process may not consider how important it is to order a birth certificate. But like an adult's passport or driver's license, the birth certificate is a key entry point to many of a child's daily experiences, from enrolling in preschool to seeing a doctor to signing up for Little League. Which means that, amidst all of the logistical planning, ordering a birth certificate should be at the top of the list. Here's what you need to know about the birth certificate for your newly adopted child.

Also: The Fatherly Guide to Adoption:

Friday, 30 November 2018 11:47

Welcoming All Families

Welcoming All Families
The Center for American Progress, in partnership with Voice for Adoption and the North American Council on Adoptable Children, released Welcoming All Families, which explores the impact of religious refusal laws in the child welfare system, tells stories of anti-LGBTQ discrimination against parents and youth in the child welfare system, and presents new data on the cost of keeping children in foster care. Share the report to help make the case for LGBTQ inclusion. While you’re at it, point colleagues to ACAF’s Beginner’s Guide for agencies looking for guidance on how to begin their LGBTQ inclusion efforts.

This information was gathered from the November 30th edition of All Children - All Families from Field Forward.

Published in LGBTQ Youth

This guide is intended to equip State, Tribal, and Territorial child welfare managers and administrators — as well as family support organizations — with current information about effective strategies for developing data-driven family support servicesi and research findings to help them make the case for implementing and sustaining these services. Download the Support Matters guidebook.

This guide was created by AdoptUSKids.

Title: Providing Adoption Support and Preservation Services
Published: 2018
Available from: Child Welfare Information Gateway

This bulletin draws from available literature and practice knowledge to summarize key issues related to providing effective services to support the stability and permanency of adoptions. It is intended to support adoption professionals in addressing adoptive parents' and children's needs for services, recognizing key considerations in providing services, addressing emerging issues, and meeting common challenges in delivery.