Adoption Information
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A Family for Every Child: Strategies to Achieve Permanence for Older Foster Children & Youth (318 KB PDF): This booklet, developed in the spring of 2006, provides detailed background into the characteristics of older youth in care, the barriers that keep them from permanency, and a new emerging youth permanency philosophy. It also provides recommendations and action steps agencies can take to affect organizational change toward permanency for older foster children and youth. Source: North American Council on Adoptable Children & The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Individualized and Targeted Recruitment for Adoption (141 KB PDF): This 2003 resource provides an overview of child-specific and targeted recruitment efforts and strategies that have achieved observable results. Targeted recruitment programs highlighted include One Church One Child, Strategic Recruitment, RESULTS and the Utah Foster Care Foundation. Source: Casey Family Programs / Contact:

Getting older is not easy for youth in foster care - Spring is the time of year when most 17- and 18-year-olds begin to think about proms, high school graduations, and entering college.  Most teenagers have the emotional and financial support of family as they mark these milestones. Unfortunately...

Supporting Youth in Foster Care - Child Welfare Information Gateway - Resources on supporting youth while they remain in foster care seeking permanent families.

Youth Aging Out of Foster Care - Connect For Kids

Casey Family Programs - Improving Outcomes for Older Youth In Foster Care

Enhancing Permanency for Older Youth in Out-Of-Home Care (A Bulletin for Professionals) - Finding permanent families for older children and youth in out-of-home care continues to need support from foster care workers and other child welfare professionals.

Tough Future for teens aging our of foster care - Pennsylvania

Nearly 20,000 foster care teens "age-out" of the foster caresystem each year. Once they reach 18, their state and foster families are no longer required to give them assistance. They are left to fend for themselves.

Unfortunately, many foster care teens don’t have the support and life skills necessary to live on their own.  Foster care studies have shown that, in just four years after leaving foster care, 25 percent of "aged-out"
youth become homeless, 42 percent have children of their own, fewer than 20 percent are able to support themselves, and only 46 percent graduated from high school.  Without the support systems most young adults take for granted, aged out foster care teens face a higher risk of substance abuse, domestic violence, and poverty.

With just a few hours of your time, you can help foster care teens successfully enter the adult world.

Books, VHS and Audio

Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens
Debbie, John Riley, Meeks

I Wonder...Teenagers Talk About Being Adopted (VHS)
Families Adopting in Response Videotapes

Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens (CD)
Debbie Riley

Beyond the Big Talk: Every Parent's Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens from Middle School to High School and Beyond
Debra W. Haffner

Help Yourself for Teens: Real-Life Advice for Real Life Challenges
Dave Pelzer Books

Bringing Out the Best in Children and Adolescents Acting at Their Worst (Audiotape)
Thomas Lund Audiotapes

Angry Adolescents and Troubled Teens: A New Approach To Discovering Strengths and Developing Solutions (Audiotape)
David Wexler, PhD

Best of Adopted Child: For Parents of Teenagers

Lois Melina

Adolescents with Attachment Difficulties (CD)
Gregory Keck CD

When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens
Bev Cobain

Adopting the Older Child
Claudia Jewett

The Adopted Adolescent (Audiotape)
Lois Melina

What if Someone I Know Is Gay? Answers to Questions About Gay and Lesbian People
Eric Marcus






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