Post-adoption services now loom as a paramount issue in permanency planning. While studies recommend that post-adoption services be integrated into the adoption process, this practice in not uniformly implemented. Minnesota’s Department of Human Services now requires that all non-profit private agencies that hold contracts for delivering adoption services provide post-adoption activities for 18 months after finalization of an adoption. Federal funds (Title IV-B) have earmarked 20% for post-adoption services. How these resources will be made available for the crucial phase of assuring a permanent placement for a child is currently under discussion.
Practice Notes was developed in collaboration between CASCW affiliates and public child welfare practitioners. They were intended as a reference for practitioners, linking research with best practices. Issues were published between 1997 and 2010.
Post-Adoption Services (PN #04).
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