Profiles in Permanency: Stabilizing Adoptions and Guardianships

The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) is a five-year cooperative agreement, funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, designed to promote permanence when reunification is no longer a goal and improve adoption and guardianship preservation and support.


Foster, Adoptive Parents Find an Oasis in New Online Membership Community

As foster and adoptive parents, Mike and Kristin Berry understand intimately what a lonely journey it can be parenting children with difficult early childhood beginnings. In 2012 they launched their blog, Confessions of an Adoptive Parent, to be a voice for foster and adoptive parents around the world, and have since augmented that with their Honestly Adoption Podcast.


All the Resources, Handouts from First-Ever Adoption Services Conference

When children are adopted, they often come to their new families with early life trauma that can lead to instability and numerous challenges. Services for these families and youth is a corner of the child welfare field that has long lacked for information sharing.


House Passes Adoption Incentive Bill; Action Moves to Senate

The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan-sponsored bill that would reauthorize and recalculate the federal incentives to states for finalizing adoptions. The Promoting Adoption and Legal Guardianship for Children in Foster Care Act, authored by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp (R-Mich.)


United Neighborhood Centers of America to Merge with Alliance for Children and Families

The 102-year-old United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA) will merge its members into the Alliance for Children and Families in 2014, the Milwaukee-based organizations announced today. UNCA’s members, many of which are urban community centers and settlement houses, will become Alliance members in January.

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How Eval of One Program Could Provide Real Insight on Issue of Failed Adoptions

The Dave Thomas Foundation (DTFA) has established that its flagship program is effective in getting older youths adopted; nearly twice as effective as the business-as-usual approach to permanency for those youths.


    Capitol View on Kids: The Latest News from Washington on Children and Families

    Violence Against Women Act Passes On Thursday, February 28, the House of Representatives approved S. 47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)The bill will now go to the President’s desk for signature.


    Capitol View on Kids: The Latest News on Children and Families from Washington

    The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources is holding a hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 27, on the issue of adoptions from foster care.  The Adoption Incentive Fund, more commonly referred to as the adoption bonus, is due for reauthorization before the start of FY 2014.

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    Time for New Numbers on Adoption Disruption

    Youth Services Insider was able to attend a recent roundtable discussion on prevention the disruption of adoptions involving children in foster care. The conversation started on that subject, but grew to include discussion other aspects of adoption policy.