Barriers to Adopting Foster Children

James Kenny, PhD's picture

In April 2012, Listening to Parents released "Blueprint for Reform- Eliminating Barriers to the Adoption of Children in Foster Care." The report was developed after a group of national adoption and family policy experts (including NACAC board and staff) gathered at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in March 2011. Together, they designed a blueprint for reform and are now working to implement needed changes.

Recommendations include: 1. :Reward both sending and receiving states for creating interstate adoptions. 2. Establish national standards for home studies and for descriptions of waiting children. 3. Eliminate long-term foster care as a goal. 4. Emphasize funding for post-adoption services. 5. Encourage development of a robust, comprehensive practice model of adoptions from foster care.

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