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Child Welfare Topics

Children’s Bureau Information Gateway

Adoption Competence CoverAdoption Competence:  A Guide to Developing an Adoption Certificate Program for Mental Health Practitioners

Child Maltreatment

Child/Youth  & Family Assessment & Preparation


Tip Sheet – Child-Youth Assessment – Final
Tip Sheet – Child-Youth Preparation – Final
Tip Sheet – Family Assessment & Preparation

Decision Making & Placement Selection

Picture2Tip Sheet – Decision Making

Disclosure Background Information to Adoptive Parents

Picture2Tip Sheet – Disclosure Background

Federal Laws

Foster Care Adoption

Fostering Connections


Interjurisdictional Adoption

Implement and Evaluate Child Welfare Interventions


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

Mental Health


Openness in Adoptions from the Foster Care System

Picture2Tip Sheet – Openness in Adoptions from the Foster Care System


Permanency Support and Preservation Services


Meet the Kids. Change a Life produced by Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network (SWAN) Respite – This video is on recruitment for legal permanency for older youth.

Trauma-Informed Practices

Picture2Brief: Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in Child Welfare, State Policy Advocacy & Reform Center, Nov 21, 2013



Youth Advice on Staying Connected – A new video series for youth features at-risk teens sharing their stories and offering advice about successfully transitioning to independent living and staying connected to the people and programs that helped them. The series, “Keep in Touch: Young People Offer Advice on Staying Connected and Living Independently,” was produced by the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, a free information service of the Family and Youth Services Bureau.