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.
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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.
States and cities across the country are now implementing concurrent planning as an answer to expediting permanency for children in foster care. This report documents the implementation of the process in New York State. Featuring interviews with state and national child welfare professionals as well as focus groups with parents, foster parents, and caseworkers, this […]
A qualitative study of emergency care, designed to achieve a better understanding of the use of emergency care services throughout the country and its impact on children. Full report available for order from the Child Welfare League of America.
An in-depth analysis of system wide statistical data provided by New York’s Administration of Children’s Services and interviews with more than 70 parents, young adults formerly in foster care, adoptive parents and child welfare professionals. Concrete recommendations suggest actions that can be taken to help move children through the system more quickly.
Two reports taking an in-depth look at child deaths in New York City from 1999-2001 and from 2003-2004.
A comprehensive report on child welfare systems’ reliance on group homes and institutions as placements for children in foster care, concluding that despite what is known from research about the highly negative impact of institutional care on children, “orphanages” are unfortunately likely to remain a placement option for foster children in many communities.
An in-depth look at the experiences and outcomes for youth in congregate care in New York City, addressing placements, services, safety, and permanency for youth in congregate care, including youth involvement in planning and decision-making and youth transitioning out of the foster care system.
A comprehensive look at the experiences of young people in foster care who have committed delinquent acts, examining the extent to which law, policy, and practice support appropriate outcomes for young people, and the ability of child welfare officials and foster parents to advocate on behalf of these children. Full report available for order from […]
An in-depth study of six privatization initiatives across the country, offering “lessons learned” and providing specific recommendations to assist communities that may be considering a privatization effort. Full report available for order from the Child Welfare League of America.