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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

Federal Laws

Foster Care Adoption

Fostering Connections

Decision Making & Placement Selection

Picture2Tip Sheet – Decision Making

Disclosure Background Information to Adoptive Parents

Picture2Tip Sheet – Disclosure Background


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.