Adoption

National Adoption Month Resources for Legal Professionals

Legal professionals often collaborate with the child welfare system and are integral to achieving permanency for teens. To provide quality representation and ensure the case plan meets the young person’s needs, legal professionals must engage youth. The resources below provide … Read More

MDHHS begins partnership with Dave Thomas Foundation to find forever homes for children in foster care more quickly (Press release)

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – July 29, 2020The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is getting a boost to its efforts to find loving adoptive homes for children more quickly from the Dave Thomas Foundation … Read More

One Adoptive Mom Chooses Love and Acceptance

This article discusses strategies for parents to use when their foster or adoptive child comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). Recommendations include: expect to deal with LGBTQ issues, accept the declaration as truth, show acceptance, understand … Read More

Who May Adopt, Be Adopted, or Place a Child for Adoption?

For an adoption to take place, the person available to be adopted must be placed in the home of a person or persons eligible to adopt. All States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana … Read More

Knowing the Numbers: Accessing and Using Child Welfare

Knowing the Numbers: Accessing and Using Child Welfare This brief, written by Child Trends for First Focus State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC), provides an overview of useful data sources for the child welfare community, including what the major … Read More

Trends in Foster Care and Adoption: FY2002-FY2012

Trends in Foster Care and Adoption: FY2002-FY2012 (Based on Data Submitted by States as of July 19, 2013). United States. Children’s Bureau has released a new report, September 2013. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/trends_fostercare_adoption2012.pdf

Preparing Children and Youth for Adoption or Other Family Permanency

Child Welfare Information Gateway  Children, including youth, leaving out-of-home care for adoption or other family permanency require preparation and support to help them understand past events in their lives and process feelings connected to their experiences of abuse and neglect, … Read More

Preparing Children and Youth for Adoption or Other Family Permanency

Children, including youth, leaving out-of-home care for adoption or other family permanency require preparation and support to help them understand past events in their lives and process feelings connected to their experiences of abuse and neglect, separation, and loss. This … Read More

Supporting Adopted Children With Special Needs in the School Setting

It’s that time of year again – back to school, and if you are a foster/adoptive parent of a child whose school year did not end on a positive note last spring, we hope this article will shed some light … Read More

Helping Your Adopted Children Maintain Important Relationships With Family

Children and youth who have been adopted and maintain relationships with their birth families, caregivers, and other important people in their lives benefit in significant ways. Adoptive parents can play an instrumental role in helping their children maintain contact with … Read More