The decision to adopt a child and fully accept that child as your own is not often made with ease. There is a lot to consider before you make such a commitment. This handbook will provide you with important information regarding general characteristics of available children, who can adopt and a step by step guide… [read more]
African American Grandfamilies Both inside and outside the child welfare system, the probability that African American children will live in grandfamilies is more than double that of the overall population, with one in five African American children living in grandfamilies at some point during their childhood.
Are you pregnant and thinking about placing your baby for adoption? Being well-informed may help you feel better about whatever decision you make—whether it is to place your child for adoption or to parent your child yourself. This factsheet provides information about adoption, presents questions to consider, and points to resources that may help you… [read more]
Whether you are the parent of a 3-year-old who is curious about why a friend’s skin is brown, the parent of a 9-year-old who has been called a slur because of his religion, or the parent of a 15-year-old who snubs those outside of her social clique at school, this book is designed to help… [read more]
In May 2014, the Fostering Youth Success Alliance (formerly YICC) released its preliminary report, “Fostering Independence: The Need for a Statewide Foster Youth College Success Initiative.” In it, we detailed the low rates of college-going among young people who have spent time in the foster care system in New York; highlighted the challenges that prevent many foster youth… [read more]
This report explores the basics of funding for child welfare services with descriptions of the various funding streams that agencies can use to serve children and families. Child welfare funding is a mix of federal, state, and local dollars, with the exact proportions varying from state to state and county to county. Published by: North… [read more]
Many child welfare terms are subject to interpretation. The Glossary identifies commonly held definitions for terms that can be found on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website. It defines common acronyms and includes links to information on major Federal legislation and related child welfare terms. The Glossary will be updated as new terminology emerges in… [read more]
Prospective adoptive parents may be concerned about the costs of adopting a child and their ability to meet those costs. Becoming a parent is rarely free of expenses—pregnancy and childbirth can be expensive and even more so without adequate insurance—and adoptive parents may be faced with initial costs that seem challenging. However, with planning and… [read more]