Adoption

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AdoptUSKids – An Effective Resource for Children

Today, 20,000 children from U.S. foster care previously photolisted on the AdoptUSKids website are now living with adoptive families.

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National Foster Care Month Celebrates 25 Years

In the quarter-century since this observance was established, the child welfare system in the United States has undergone dramatic shifts.

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Cutting Bureaucracy with Common Sense Innovation

New pilot program will use technology to streamline the placement of foster children across state lines.

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Improving Intercountry Adoptions

ACF Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon travels with a U.S. Congressional Delegation to Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia to explore how best to strengthen adoption processes to ensure compliance with international protocols on child welfare.

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OPRE Releases Brief on Economic Well-Being of LGB Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care

A new report looks at the characteristics and economic well-being of lesbian, gay or bisexual young people aging out of foster care.

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New ACYF Projects Promote Integrated Approach in Child Welfare

ACYF funds grants, cooperative agreements, and demonstration projects to promote social and emotional well-being, along with safety and permanency, for children and youth who come to the attention of the child welfare system.

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National Adoption Month

More than 104,000 children and youth in foster care in this country are waiting for permanent families. Learn how social media is promoting adoption throughout the country.

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‘You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Be a Perfect Parent’ to Adopt a Teen from Foster Care

During National Adoption Month, adults are being asked to consider opening their hearts and homes to one of the 14,000 teens between the ages of 14 and 16 in foster care.

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Managing Psychotropic Medications for Children and Youth in Foster Care

This week, the Administration for Children and Families, along with its partners in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), brought together child welfare, Medicaid, and mental health leaders from all 50 States and the District of Columbia to work collaboratively to strengthen efforts in managing psychotropic medications for children and youth in foster care.

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New Adoption and Foster Care Data Continues Positive Trends with Caseload Decline

ACF released its most recent Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, or AFCARS report, which includes some encouraging statistics about child welfare in the United States.

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