Foster care

Photo of Traci Lucien and her daughter Talynn.

Meet The Lucien Family

For Traci Lucien of Laurel, Maryland, the bond she formed with her adopted daughter took place before they ever met.

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Semper Fi: Lori and Steven Brown

The first time the Browns inquired about adopting from foster care they felt rebuffed. See how AdoptUSKids helped meet their mission.

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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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Cutting the Red Tape for Foster Youth Success

President Barack Obama signed into law the Uninterrupted Scholars Act, which allows child welfare professionals to access a foster youth’s education records in order to transfer credits to new schools in a timely manner — cutting down on bureaucracy and improving the chances for graduation.

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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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