Supporting families

Resource guides, tip sheets, and webinars to inform the support you provide to families throughout their adoption journey.

Publications

Barriers and Success Factors in Adoption from Foster Care: Perspectives of Families and Staff (2.1 MB PDF)
An AdoptUSKids report on barriers experienced by families and factors that contribute to successful outcomes.

Creating and Sustaining Effective Respite Services: Lessons from the Field (1 MB PDF); en espanol (1.6 MB PDF) Understanding the value of respite care in achieving improved outcomes for parents and youth and building program capacity to sustain respite care programs after time-limited grants have ended.

Every Month Is Customer Service Month (107 KB PDF)
Simple ways to partner with prospective and current parents by integrating customer service principles in your daily work.

Five Things You Can Do to Improve Customer Service—Phone Interaction with Families (186 KB PDF)
Simple steps for improving service to prospective foster, adoptive, and kinship families.

How Child Welfare Systems Are Providing Family Support: Respite Care Services (158 KB)
A tip sheet describing several forms and categories of respite care.

How Child Welfare Systems Are Providing Family Support: Support for Youth (147 KB PDF)
A tip sheet describing several forms and categories of support.

How Family Support Connects to Child and Family Services Reviews Outcomes (163 KB PDF)
Tip sheet providing information and examples about how support services relate to several items that are part of the third round of the CFSRs.

Support Matters: Lessons from the Field on Services for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Care Families (2 MB PDF)
Shares information from leaders in the field about implementing support services, including forming public/private partnerships, accessing funding, assessing a program’s ability to engage families, and evaluating how services make a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families.

Support Matters tip sheets:

Taking a Break: Creating Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Respite in Your Community (2 MB PDF) / en español (1.4 MB PDF)
Steps to developing a respite program, including sample forms for use in the day-to-day operation of your program.

Taking a Break: Creating Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Respite in Your Community (2 MB PDF) / en español (1.4 MB PDF)
Steps to developing a respite program, including sample forms for use in the day-to-day operation of your program.

Ten Things You Can Do to Improve Customer Service—Prospective Parent Orientation Sessions (201 KB PDF)
Simple ideas for creating a more welcoming and encouraging environment.

Webinars

Developing and Supporting Prospective and Current Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Families
This 2018 webinar highlights strategies, program models, and key considerations to help child welfare leaders design and implement approaches to develop, support, and sustain a pool of families equipped to meet children’s needs.

Strategies for Implementing Family Support Services
Presenters discuss different types of support services, approaches to partnerships for providing support services, assessing the need for support, and strategies for implementation of support services.

Using Facebook Groups to Support Families After Placement
Topics discussed in this 2018 webinar include the value of online support, the role of the moderator, and how to set up an online group.