Profiles in Permanency: Tuning into Teens in New Jersey

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.


Profiles in Permanency: Surveying Adoptive Families And Guardians in Vermont

The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) is a five-year project funded by the Children’s Bureau, a division of the Administration for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services.


In Wake of Shelter Shakeup, Pilot Program Helps Older Foster Youth Find Stability

A fledgling pilot program aimed at helping older youth in foster care find and remain in stable homes is showing promise, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).


What We’re Learning About Housing’s Role in Child Welfare Services

Three years ago, our organizations began a journey leading us toward a better understanding of the roles that housing, case management and supportive services play in stabilizing vulnerable families, particularly those confronting complex challenges that trigger the involvement of child welfare agencies.


Class Action Consequences: The Dangers of Measuring Quantity Instead of Quality

Child welfare systems in many states are under court monitoring or receivership. Courts became involved due to class action lawsuits, such as the one recently filed against New York City's child welfare agency.


Potential Wins for Foster Youth in No Child Left Behind Rewrite

For the first time since the law expired in 2007, both chambers of Congress have passed a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). That 2001 bill, the most recent overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, brought national standards and expectations to education but asserted too much federal authority.


    A Holiday Recipe for Successful Transitional Foster Youth

    Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to interview a number of former foster youth. At some point during the interview, the question of love, or “why not love,” comes up.


    How A Nuisance Ordinance Could Threaten Housing for Current, Former Foster Youth

    The Oakland City Council’s unanimous adoption of an amended Nuisance Eviction Ordinance (NEO) threatens the stability of some of our most vulnerable current and former foster youth, particularly those who have been or are currently victims of commercial sexual exploitation.


    Summary of Educational Stability Provisions – Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act

    The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (PL 110-351) builds on prior law by adding requirements that ensure the educational stability of children in foster care. Click here to read.