Children’s Rights engages in research and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels, conducting studies and issuing major reports designed to show how better public policy can bring about big improvements in the lives of our nation’s abused and neglected children.

Our policy research and advocacy on adoption includes the following projects:

Ending the Foster Care Life Sentence: The Critical Need for Adoption Subsidies (2006)

A study of the impact of adoption subsidies on adoption, including a survey of hundreds of adoptive and prospective adoptive parents in six states to learn firsthand about the impact of adoption subsidies on their decision to adopt.





Finding a Fit that will Last a Lifetime: A Guide to Connecting Adoptive Families with Waiting Children (2006)

A best-practices guide to help caseworkers match children with prospective adoptive families, developed through interviews with child welfare professionals, adoptive families, and young adults formerly in foster care and designed to increase the number of successful, long-term adoptions.

Lasting Impressions: A Guide to Photolisting Children

Designed for adoption professionals and foster families who will be preparing children to be photolisted, this guide includes step-by-step instruction on how to write descriptions of children and take or arrange children’s photographs, and covers best practices on sharing information about children that will be viewed through channels that everyone can access.


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