ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE
Foster care (also known as out-of-home care) is a temporary service provided by States for children who cannot live with their families. Children in foster care may live with relatives or with unrelated foster parents. Foster care can also refer to placement settings such as group homes, residential care facilities, emergency shelters, and supervised independent living.
Foster parents are important partners in out-of-home care practice. They not only provide shelter but also care for, nurture, and support the children temporarily in their care. Additionally, they may provide mentoring and guidance to birth families that can greatly assist permanency planning efforts. The resources below provide information on supports for foster parents, the fundamentals of parenting children in foster care, working together with birth families, and adopting a child from foster child.
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Quality Parenting Initiative:
The Quality Parenting Initiative, a strategy of the Youth Law Center, is an approach to strengthening foster care, refocusing on excellent parenting for all children in the child welfare system. It was launched in 2008 in Florida, and as of 2018, over 75 jurisdictions in 10 states (California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin) have adopted the QPI approach. Click here to learn more
Children in foster care who cannot safely return to their families can become available for adoption. The following are resources about foster care adoption: Click here to learn more Adoption Learning Partners.
Adoptive Families Magazine includes a collection of resources for prospective foster or adoptive parents and links to national organizations working to find homes for waiting children in the United States. Click here to learn more
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is a program sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is the direct-service signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption that combines the fundraising of Wendy’s and its customers; aggressive grants management of the foundation; and the talent of experienced adoption recruiters throughout the nation and in Canada to move children from foster care into permanent, loving adoptive homes.
For more information on Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, to find a partner adoption agency or learn more about foster care adoption, visit the Dave Thomas Foundation’s website or call 1-800-ASK DTFA (1-800-275-3832).
FINDING FOREVER FAMILIES: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO ADOPTION
Adoption can feel overwhelming. This step-by-step guide is the perfect first step to understand the adoption journey. This will help you know what to expect at each phase of adoption. Click here to view the guide