A Family for Life: A Compendium of Effective and Promising Practices for Facilitating Adoptions from Foster Care

“A Family for Life: A Compendium of Effective and Promising Practices for Facilitating Adoptions from Foster Care,” is an important tool for everyone working in this critical field. This book was published in Europe in partnership with the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, and in North America with the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation in Canada. The research was funded in part by the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation. This compendium is available for purchase through www.amazon.com

DAI chose to study permanency practices in the U.S., Canada and England because these three countries promote adoption or guardianship as alternatives for children in care who cannot return to their families of origin. Some specific practices are particularly important for providing children with the greatest likelihood of achieving permanence. This compendium identifies 22 innovative practices that have shown promise as a means to that end, primarily through adoption or guardianship, including organizational practices, court practices, recruitment and retention of families, pre-adoptive casework processes, and supporting and preserving adoptive families. This review will expand the knowledge and perspectives of adoption professionals, and introduce them to effective, tried and tested practices that will help achieve permanency for more waiting children.

Author: Susan Smith

Published: September 2014