BSF Updates

To establish a clearinghouse of national and state-level policy, research, resources and news around significant and timely post-adoption services developments, updates are aggregated below. Please contact us at info@adoptioninstitute.org to share information about PAS in your state.

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The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has awarded grants to fund new regional Permanency Resource Centers across the state.

Regional Permanency Resource Centers (PRCs) will work to prevent post adoptive and post guardianship dissolutions or disruptions, will provide assistance to families so that children may be cared for in their own homes with their adoptive parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and will work to strengthen post adoptive and post guardianship families and avoid foster care or other out-of-home placements. Read more>>

NYS Office of Children and Family Services Awards Two Grants to AFFCNY

The Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York (AFFCNY) has been awarded two grants through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to create new regional Permanency Resource Centers (PRCs) serving families with an adopted child or those that have become guardians of a relative’s child. Read more>>

Post-adoption blues expert on depression screening recommendations

Medical Express

“Mental health professionals also need to be aware of the dynamics specific to the adoptive process to best support their patients,” says Foli, who collaborates with Susan South, an associate professor of psychological sciences, and Eunjung Lim, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii. Read more>>

Adoption Needs

Adoption Today

When we consider permanency in adoption, we must reflect on this with the understanding that permanency is not achieved simply through a court decree that says “finalized.” The impact of adoption is lifelong, with different needs and issues that may arise at various points. Read more>>

Transracial Adoption Support Systems Scarce Despite Difficulties

NBC News

Some city departments have started reaching out to Asian-American communities to foster Asian-American children, as Los Angeles County did last December. But while the majority of agencies follow MEPA’s and IEPA’s non-discrimination policies, they are not nearly as careful in following the second portion of the laws. Read more>>

Child advocates urge Massachusetts House to move on re-homing bill

Milford Daily News

After notching a victory in the Senate, child welfare advocates pushed House leadership to move forward on ending the practice of transferring adopted children into new homes outside of the legal system. Read more>>

Bill aims to ban unregulated child custody transfers, a process known as ‘re-homing’

Concord Monitor

The issue of “re-homing” is reflective of a broad issue in adoption: that parents don’t get enough support or information about a child before and after adopting, said April Dinwoodie, chief executive of The Donaldson Adoption Institute Inc. in New York. Read more>>

8 Things No One Told Me Would Happen After We Adopted

Babble

There are the assumptions about birth parents (young, promiscuous, drug users, poor), about adoptees (disturbed, lucky to be adopted, born addicted to drugs), and about parents who adopt (heroes or saviors, wealthy, unable to have biological children). Read more>>

Support for Foster Parents Means Better Lives for Foster Youth

Child Trends

Thankfully, an important shift is occurring! Child welfare agencies are going beyond recruitment to focus on recruitment and retention efforts. An important component of retention is providing support to foster families: learning what they need and connecting them with trainings that build parenting skills and confidence. Read more>>

Bipartisan House, Senate Leaders Announce Proposed Child Welfare Legislation

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

The Family First Prevention Services Act strengthens families by reducing the amount of time foster children wait to be adopted or placed with relatives across state lines by encouraging states to replace their outdated child placement systems with a more efficient electronic system. Read more>>

Program helps support relatives raising kids

Times-Herald Record

Ray Macur was at a golf tournament with Matt Stoddard, a buddy in the ironworkers union, in 2014, when the two came up with the idea of raising money to send RAPP kids to overnight camp. The union started fundraising, and other groups joined in. Read more>>

Bolster ‘re-homing’ solutions

Post & Courier

Last September, the federal Government Accountability Office reported that several states have already implemented laws restricting re-homing practices by criminalizing unregulated care transfers. Read more>>

Shadow Children: Putting An End To Re-Homing Adopted Children In Massachusetts

WBUR

The Massachusetts State Legislature, which wraps up formal sessions on July 31, has the opportunity to close the legal loopholes that make re-homing possible in our state. Senate Bill 2050: An Act relative to the re-homing of children currently awaits action by the House Ways and Means Committee. Read more>>

An Adoption Road Map

Adoption Today

The best thing to remember about your adoption support team is that there is no such thing as too much support. Before and throughout your adoption experience, having professionals to rely on as well as a solid community of people connected to adoption is vital. Read more>>

The Senate Must Act Now to Put Families First

The Huffington Post

In otherwise contentious and turbulent times, Congress is coming together to support a fundamental American value—family. The Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 passed the House but now faces an uncertain future in the Senate. It’s no surprise that research confirms what most people know—children fare better in families. Read more>>

Post-Adoption Resources for Foster to Adopt Families

About Parenting

Families who have adopted children from foster care often tell us that one key to success is accessing financial and medical assistance and services that support parents, children, and youth. We have compiled listings of many resources. Read more>>

The Family First Prevention Services Act

DAI submitted comments on the Family First Prevention Services Act – a federal bipartisan bill that would better align federal child welfare funding with the critical goals of supporting family stability and preventing unnecessary foster care and institutional placements. Read more>>

The National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act

Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Karen Bass (D-CA) recently introduced the National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act. The bill would include the development of an evidence-based National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study assessment standard. Read more>>

Support for Family Stability and Kinship Care Act

DAI submitted a statement of support for the Family Stability and Kinship Care Act, praising its efforts to enhance family safety and stability, enable kinship placements, and prevent unnecessary stays in foster care, among other areas. Read more>>

Joint Statement Affirming Need for Greater Adoption Preparation and Support Services

DAI issued a joint statement affirming the need for greater protections for adopted children nationwide, through improved policies to prepare families for adoption and increased and coordinated investments in support services after adoption. Read more>>

Support and Resources through AFFCNY

The Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York provides support, education and advocacy surrounding the adoption and foster care experience. Their website provides a comprehensive directory of adoption and foster care support services and resources throughout New York. Read more>>

Modern Family Center at Spence Chapin Offers Support Services

Spence Chapin’s Modern Family Center provides education, resources and counseling as well as events that celebrate and support the modern family experience. Read more>>

New York-Based Adoptive Parent Support Group

The Adoptive Parents Committee (APC) is a New York and New Jersey-based parent support group. APC holds events and group meetings as well as an annual conference. Read more>>

ADOPTION TAX CREDIT REFUNDABILITY BILL INTRODUCED IN SENATE

Senators Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2015 (S950) which would make the current adoption tax credit (ATC) fully refundable. Nearly one-half of families adopting from foster care are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Read more>>

EXPERIENCES OF UNFULFILLED EXPECTATIONS IN ADOPTIVE PARENTS

In “We were not planning on this, but …’: Adoptive parents’ reactions and adaptations to unmet expectations,” Moyer and Goldberg explored how adoptive parents responded to unanticipated characteristics in their children. Forty-five couples were interviewed for this study. Read more>>

TRAUMA-INFORMED PARENTING WORKSHOP EVALUATION

In “Trauma-Informed Care for Children in the Child Welfare System: An Initial Evaluation of a Trauma-Informed Parenting Workshop,” Sullivan et al. conducts an initial evaluation of a parent workshop for resource parents that incorporates a trauma-informed perspective. Read more>>

SUPPORTING GRANDFAMILIES

In “Recognizing Microaggressions: A Framework for Helping Grandfamilies,” Yancura et al. reviews a theoretical framework of microagressions and identifies ways that grandfamilies are impacted as a potentially socially marginalized group. Read more>>

SUPPORTING OPEN ADOPTION IN FAMILIES HEADED BY LESBIAN AND GAY MALE PARENTS

The Modern Adoptive Families Study was designed to explore similarities and differences in family characteristics, experiences and adjustment outcomes in different types of adoptive families. This report contains important practice guidelines supporting families headed by lesbians and gay men who are navigating open adoption. Read more>>

DAI RESEARCH ON POST-ADOPTION SERVICES

This link includes all our research on post-adoption services except for the Congressional Briefing on Post-Adoption Services. Read more>>

POST-ADOPTION RESOURCES FOR FOSTER FAMILIES

Families who have adopted children from foster care often tell us that one key to success is accessing financial and medical assistance and services that support parents, children and youth. We have compiled listings of many resources. Read more>>

AN EXPLORATION OF THE CHALLENGES AND NEEDS OF ADOPTIVE PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

In “The Postadoption Needs of Adoptive Parents of Children With Disabilities,” Hill and Moore use a national survey of adoptive parents to engage in a secondary analysis of challenges and unmet needs of parents who adopt children with disabilities. Read more>>

FOSTER CARE ALUMNI WEIGH IN ON BARRIERS AND ENABLERS TO ADOPTION

In “Exploring the path from foster care to stable and lasting adoption: Perceptions of foster care alumni,” Mariscal et. al. conducted qualitative research directed at increasing understanding surrounding the experiences of youth who had been in foster care and their perceptions of enablers and barriers to successful adoption. Read more>>

CONTACT BETWEEN FIRST/BIRTH FAMILIES and DIVERSE ADOPTIVE FAMILIES

In “Exploring the path from foster care to stable and lasting adoption: Perceptions of foster care alumni,” Mariscal et. al. conducted qualitative research directed at increasing understanding surrounding the experiences of youth who had been in foster care and their perceptions of enablers and barriers to successful adoption. Read more>>

AGENCY BARRIERS FOR PROSPECTIVE ADOPTIVE PARENTS

In “Agency-Related Barriers Experienced by Families Seeking to Adopt from Foster Care,” Chanmugam et al. analyzes agency-based factors that impede prospective parents who are seeking to adopt from foster care. Read more>>

KINSHIP ADOPTION OF YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE

In “Foster Care to Kinship Adoption: The Road Less Traveled,” Hegar and Scannapieco review recent research that investigates outcomes for children in foster care who are adopted by relatives. Outcomes are discussed as well as strengths and challenges for these families. Read more>>

Webinars from North American Council on Adoptable Children

The North American Council on Adoptable Children offers a variety of webinars that offer education and information to parents who have adopted. You can learn more about the Adoption Tax Credit, talking with children about their history and much more. Read more>>

Educational Opportunities through Adoption Learning Partners

Adoption Learning Partners is a web-based resource that offers educational opportunities for individuals and couples who are preparing for adoption or already parenting through adoption. Courses including issues relating to transracial adoption, identity development and openness. Read more>>

Learning Tools through the Center for Adoption Support and Education

The Center for Adoption Support and Education provides learning tools, webinars, adoption-competency initiatives and other programming that seeks to support children and families in the adoption and foster care adoption experiences. Read more>>

Support and Resources for Gay Fathers

Gays with Kids is an online resource that provides gay fathers with education, support and resources as they navigate the parenting experience. Read more>>

LGBTQ Competency for Adoption Providers

All Children – All Families is a Human Rights Campaign program that promotes LGBTQ competency for child welfare agencies and professionals through trainings, educational resources and technological assistance. It provides a listing of agencies that are considered to be affirming and competent in serving LGBTQ families. Read more>>

Education and Resources about Foster Care Adoption

AdoptUSKids provides education and resources for parents who are considering fostering and adoption as well as those who are already foster or adoptive parents. This national organization provides additional resources and education for child welfare professionals engaged in this area of work. Read more>>

Information Website about Adoption and Foster Care

The Child Welfare Information Gateway is an online resource that provides ample information about adoption and foster care, including state-based resources and a comprehensive learning center. Read more>>

Support and Information for Parents from North American Council on Adoptable Children

The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) provides a database of parent support groups throughout the United States. NACAC also provides an Adoption Subsidy Resource Center which provides detailed information on state adoption subsidies as well as other resources related to special needs adoptions. Read more>>