If you're considering foster parenting or adoption, these resources will help you get started.

November 06, 2018
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American Academy of Pediatrics

This very large site from the leading organization for pediatricians offers a thorough set of "Recommendations for Young Children in Foster Care." While written with professionals in mind, the article gives an in-depth, well-researched look at issues such as brain development, attachment to caregivers, children's sense of time in care, permanency decision making, and children's responses to stress.

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      Future of Children

      Offering a thoughtful research-based article about the issues involved in foster care and kinship care (care by relatives) is another worthwhile site. Issues covered include the rapid growth of kinship care, comparison of foster and kinship caregivers, and relationship of kinship care to permanent adoption of foster children.

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      This online community is a great place to meet other foster-care and adoptive parents for support, advice, or chats.

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        Child Welfare Information Gateway

        Child Welfare Information Gateway provides resources on a wide range of child welfare topics, including adoption, working with courts, and other crosscutting issues.

        Get more informationChild Welfare Information Gateway

        American Academy of Adoption Attorneys

        A great place for finding an adoption attorney and learning about the best practices for adoption and assisted reproduction attorneys.


        A great resources with information on everything from starting the process to foster or adopt to receiving a placement and accessing supportive services. They also connect families seeking to foster and adopt with children and their caseworkers.

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        Casey Family Programs

        This site presents a wide array of information about foster care. For research reports, click "Research" on the homepage sidebar; scroll to the bottom of the research page and click "Reports" for a full listing of reports available. Click "Ask Casey" on the homepage sidebar to access an online community which includes a Journal with articles from the viewpoints of professionals, foster parents, and foster children. The topics covered include what works in family foster care, profiles of youths in foster care, outcomes for children in foster care, gaining trust, and financing foster care.

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          Child Welfare League of America

          The Child Welfare League site offers a full menu of articles on the topic of foster care. Click "Programs" on the homepage sidebar, then click "Family Foster Care" for a list of articles which include a "Foster Care Fact Sheet", which gives facts and figures on numbers of children in care, reasons children enter care, and reasons children leave a foster home. "Frequently Asked Questions" include rewards of foster parenting, and requirements for foster parents. Journal articles present research information on topics such as foster care in the next century and screening of prospective parents.

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