The Adoption Advocate is a publication created by NCFA to educate policymakers, families, child welfare specialists, and other interested parties on today's most relevant child welfare and adoption issues. This publication is edited by Melinda Clemmons, Chuck Johnson, and Ryan Hanlon. You can sign up to receive the Adoption Advocate by email each month by signing up for our email list.
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Adoption Advocate No. 3
Posted April 28, 2007Category Finance
Public Attitudes Regarding The Federal Child Welfare System's Financing and Performance
Authored By: Thomas C. Atwood and Marc ZappalaThe report summarizes a survey from February 2007 regarding the perception and experience of the child welfare system (from adults who acted as foster parents, to former foster youth). The attitudes towards funding, courts, support, and recruitment are all taken into account and recorded through statistical data.Continue Reading
Adoption Advocate No. 2
Posted February 1, 2006Category Best Practices
Judicial Leadership to Ensure Sound Permanency Decisions for Children in Foster Care: Practical Guidelines for Juvenile and Family Courts
Authored By: Thomas C. Atwood, Nicole F. Callahan, and Virginia C. RavenelThe practicality for the judiciary in Juvenile or Family Courts can vary state to state. One of their main roles, however, is placing foster children in permanent stable families. The article urges judges in these courts to “open their hearts and minds” to the urgency of permanency planning, and the harm of repeated court visits does on all involved.Continue Reading
Adoption Advocate No. 1
Posted June 5, 2005Category Foster Care
Performance Measures for Courts: The Next Step in Foster Care Reform
Authored By: Thomas C. Atwood and Virginia C. RavenelWorking with the public child welfare system, it is the responsibility of juvenile and family courts to ensure right and timely placements of foster children with loving, permanent famiiles. With more than a half-million children in foster care, this is a daunting task. Read more about the need for performance measures for courts.Continue Reading