National Adoption Month draws attention to the urgent need for permanent families for the more than 102,000 children and youth waiting for adoption in foster care. This year's National Adoption Month theme, “Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections,” emphasizes the critical role sibling relationships play in helping to achieve permanency and create well-being for children in care. The National Adoption Month website offers a variety of audience-specific resources:
Professionals can find information to help them promote and support sibling connections and recruit adoptive families, and see examples of how other states are promoting permanency for siblings and youth.
Adoptive parents can find information on adopting siblings from foster care, learn what permanency means, and view powerful videos from youth and other adoptive families.
Adopted people can find information on openness in adoption and search and reunion.
Birth parents can find information on kinship adoption/adoption by relatives, openness in adoption, and search and reunion.
Youth can learn about how to get involved in their permanency plans, stay connected with adults and other teens through social media, find out about the benefits of being safe online, and more.
The National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids website has materials to support your efforts to recruit, develop, and support families for sibling groups as part of our tools and resources on targeted recruitment.
Literature Review on Supervision and Support of Foster Caregivers
The Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom (UK), has published a literature review on the role of “the supervising social worker,” the child welfare staff person who provides support and supervision to foster caregivers. The article, The Role of the Supervising Social Worker in Foster Care: An International Literature Review considers information from 22 studies conducted in the UK, United States, Canada, and Australia. The review was developed to address questions about the role of supervising social workers and the effect of their support and supervision on child outcomes, placement stability and retention of foster parents. The report summarizes key findings from the literature review and makes recommendations for policy, practice, and further research.
Finding and Using Child Welfare Data
A new publication from the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) and First Focus is designed to help child welfare advocates, policymakers, and program administrators become more knowledgeable about child welfare data sources and learn ways to use the data these sources can provide. Knowing the Numbers: Accessing and Using Child Welfare Data reviews key data sources of interest to the child welfare community, describes how each source can be accessed, and suggests ways the available data can be used to inform practice and policy.
Judicial Resource on Health Issues of Children in Foster Care
The American Academy of Pediatrics has developed a resource to provide judges with an overview of important health issues of children and youth in foster care. Health Issues for Judges to Consider for Children in Foster Care (5.3 MB PDF) addresses topics including: special considerations for children with medically complex conditions; transitions and discharges from care; common health conditions and conditions found disproportionately among children in foster care; charting growth; and child health organizations and initiatives. It also includes an appendix with downloadable forms that can be used by caseworkers and others to collect and document children’s health information.
News and Announcements
New CFSR Guidance from the Children’s Bureau
On Friday, October 10, the Children’s Bureau published a final plan in the Federal Register for using statewide data indicators and national standards in Round 3 of the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR). Read more
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