The Children's Bureau supports programs, research, and monitoring to help eliminate barriers to adoption and find permanent families for children. CB provides funding to states and tribes to help them support families who adopt from foster care. We provide additional funds to states that achieve a high number of adoptions of children from foster care.
Our programs include:
- Title IV-E Adoption Assistance
- Adoption Opportunities
- Adoption Incentives
- Infant Adoption Awareness Training
Adoption Reporting Systems
CB collects case-level data from every state on adoptions from foster care in order to analyze national trends. These analyses are then published both in print and on our website.
Our adoption reporting systems include:
- The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS)
- Child Welfare Outcomes Report to Congress
Adoption Training and Technical Assistance
CB’s Training and Technical Assistance Network helps to maintain a national photolisting of children available for adoption. Our network also provides assistance to states and tribes by recruiting adoptive parents and providing adoption and postadoption services.
More training and technical assistance information can be found at:
- The National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids
- The National Resource Center for Adoption
Adoption Excellence Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in achieving permanency for America's children waiting in foster care. These awards honor those who contribute greatly to moving children from foster care to adoption or other permanent homes. Award recipients include states, local agencies, private organizations, courts, businesses, families and individuals.