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  • Overview of CA Child Welfare Adoption Practice

  • Welcome!!!Day 1

  • Goals of training

    Impart the philosophy that all children deserve family connection and permanence.

    Discuss that there are several paths to permanency adoption in just one of the paths.

    Exploration of feelings

  • Learning ObjectivesKnowledgeThings we want you to know, learn, or acquire

    SkillsThings we want you to be able to do/ demonstrate

    ValuesThings we want you to feel is important and incorporate in practice

  • Parking Lot

  • Center for Social Services Research- California

  • Center for Social Services Research- Add County Name

  • State and County Adoption Statistics (CSSR)INSTRUCTIONS

    Go to http://cssr.berkeley.edu/ucb_childwelfare/Click on the Foster Care buttonClick on the Adoption buttonSelect C2.1 Adoption within 24 months (exit cohort)Select the most recent time period (or another time period)Click the next buttonClick the finish button

  • AFCARSStaff MUST provide complete, accurate, and timely data in order to avoid federal penalties

    These items have been problematic in the past:Actions or Conditions Associated with Childs Removal.Death or Incarceration of Parent(s).Create/Continue a Hearing Date.Hispanic Designation.Case Plan Goals.Financial Aid Documentation/Foster Care Payments.Foster Caretaker/Substitute Care Provider Data.Caretaker Family Structure/Foster Family StructureCaretakers Birth Date.Clinically Diagnosed Disability(ies).

  • Social Security ActChild Abuse and Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)Adoptions and Safe Families Act (ASFA)Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA)(Safe & Timely) Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)Adam Walsh Child Safety & Protection

    Federal and State Regulations & other important Codes

  • New(er) Laws

    AB 1856 - Providing Safe, Supportive homes for LGBTQ youth

    AB458 - The California Foster Care Non-Discrimination Act

    Federal and State Regulations & other important Codes

  • Federal and State Regulations & other important CodesTitle XXII Regulationshttp://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/ord/PG308.htm

    Welfare & Institutions Codes (WIC)366.26366.316115 16125 (AAP)366.24

  • Identifying Values Related to Permanency & AdoptionsQuestions about PermanencyChildren are unsuitable for permanency whenAdopted children and children under guardianship areWhen considering placing a child outside his/her geographic region, I am most concerned aboutWhen formulating a permanency plan for a teen-ager, adoption is

  • Assumptions about PermanencyAdoption and guardianship are different from birth families.Adjustment to non-birth parent permanency is a lifelong process. Adopted children and those under guardianship bring genes, birth experience, family ties, and life history to the permanency family.Adoptive/guardianship parents, biological parents, and children share a sense of loss. Permanency is a service on the continuum of protective services to children. All children who are unable to return to their own home should be considered for permanency.

  • Types of Permanency Options Placement Preferential OrderRemain safely in birth home Placement with Relatives or Extended Non-relative (mentor) Foster Family Home Foster Family Agency Home Group Home (institution care)

    The lowest level of care must used based on the needs of the child. Once a child is placed out of home, we must look toward placing a child in a placement that can offer a permanency plan should reunification not be successful .

  • Reunification TimelinesReunification TimelinesCalifornia Timelines

  • Benefits to AdoptionKeep ConnectionShare InformationBirth Families CareNot a ThreatKnow the Permanency OutcomeFeel more AuthenticHealthier Relationships Develop

  • Caregiver/Child MatchingCaretaker SuitabilityChild Match CharacteristicsConsideration of Kin

  • Caregiver/Child MatchingCaregiver Child MatchingSuccessful Characteristics of Adoptive ParentsSuccessful Characteristics of Special needs adoptive families

  • Home StudyPhilosophy ShiftThe SAFE ModelStructuredAnalysisFamilyEvaluation

    ACTIVITY Python Home Study

  • Welcome!!!Day 2

  • Crossword Puzzle

  • 7 Core Issues of AdoptionLoss, Rejection, Guilt/Shame, Grief, Identity, Intimacy & Relationships, Control/Gains


  • Psychosocial Model of Adoption AdjustmentAdoption as a Risk FactorInfancyToddlers and PreschoolersMiddle ChildhoodAdolescence

    7 Core Issues of Adoption

  • Attachment/Reaction to Separation and LossImpact of Abuse and Neglect7 Core Issues of Adoption

  • Placement Moves: Impact on ChildrenAttachmentPTSDAbuse, Stress & Anger7 Core Issues of Adoption

  • 7 Core Issues of AdoptionImpact of lossPlacement MovesExposure to TraumaEarly Interactions Affect the BRAIN

  • Full disclosure to all participantsDefinition

    Respectful, candid discussion that begins when a child is placed in foster care. Full disclosure is offered to the parents and other team members, and continues throughout the life of a case.

    Disclosure and ConfidentialityNational Resource Center for Permanency and Planning Connectionshttp://www.nrcpfc.org/cpt/component-two.htm

  • Full disclosure to all participants

    Entitled partiesWhat Information should be disclosed?Parental Relinquishment

    Disclosure and ConfidentialityNational Resource Center for Permanency and Planning Connectionshttp://www.nrcpfc.org/cpt/component-two.htm

  • Adoptive PlacementCompleting Adoptive & Placement Forms

    AD 512 Psychosocial and medical history of childJV285 Relative InformationAD67 Information about the birth motherAD67A Information about the birth fatherAdopt 310 Contact after Adoption agreementAdopt 330 Request for appointment of confidential intermediary Adopt 331 Order of appointment of confidential intermediary

  • Completing Adoptive & Placement Forms

    AD 904 Consent for contactAD 904A - Waiver of rights to confidentiality for siblingsAD 904B - Waiver of rights to confidentiality for siblings: Under the age of 18AD 908 Adoption Information Act StatementAD 908A Adoption Information Act Statement: Adult AdopteeAdoptive Placement

  • Voluntary RelinquishmentDefinitionRelinquishment means that a birth parent surrenders their custody and control and any responsibility for the care and support of the child to the department or any licensed public or private agency.

    Parental Advisement

  • Voluntary RelinquishmentSocial Worker AssessmentAdoption Worker Assessment

  • Voluntary RelinquishmentAssessment for Potential of ReunificationReunification Assessment ChecklistStrong potential for reunification indicatorsWeek potential for reunification indicators

    Egregious Circumstances

  • Voluntary RelinquishmentPermanency Planning MediationMost Commonly Asked QuestionsWhy mediation?Who may ask for mediation?Must a family enter into mediation?What families are appropriate for mediation?Is adoption always the goal of permanency planning mediation?What is an open adoption agreement?What is safe contact for the child?

    Waiver of Reunification

  • Voluntary RelinquishmentSubstantial Probability of ReturnDefinitionThe parent/guardian has consistently contacted and visited the child, made significant progress in resolving the problems leading to the childrens removal, and demonstrated the capacity and ability to complete the case plan objectives

    Consistent contact and visitationSignificant progress Capacity and ability to be a safe parent

  • Reunification TimelinesReunification TimelinesCalifornia Timelines

  • Substantial Probability of Return


  • Voluntary RelinquishmentFirm Timelines

    1 mo2 mo3 mo4 mo5 mo6 mo7 mo8 mo9 mo10 mo11 mo12 mo3 years of age on the date of their initial removal3 years of age on the date of their initial removalSome/all siblings when at least one was under the age of 3 on the date of their initial removal IF the court determines that the same 366.26 hearing date is needed to find/maintain permanency

  • Voluntary RelinquishmentParental Competency

    Agency Determinations before accepting relinquishmentAD 855A (Statement of Understanding Agency Adoption Program)

  • Special TopicsSafe Surrender Definition

    An infant is considered to be safely surrendered if the child:Is 72 hours old or youngerIs voluntarily surrendered by a parent or individual w/ lawful custodyIs surrendered to personnel on duty at a designated safe surrender siteHast not suffered abuse and/or neglect

    Safe Surrendered Baby Law (http://www.babysafe.ca.gov/)

  • Welcome!!!Day 3

  • TransitioningTransition Tools

    Photo AlbumFamily Videohttp://www.galleryleather.com/photo-albums

  • Transition ToolsPre-Placement CalendarPre-Verbal ChildPreschool ChildSchool-age ChildChildren in residential careMoving children out of stateChildren with developmental disabilities

  • Transition ToolsGood-bye LetterCandle CeremonyChilds List

  • TransitioningNeeds and Fears

  • TransitioningMultiple Purposes of a Lifebook

    Child Information GatewayThis is my StoryTip SheetLife Book pages

    Sample Life Book Annette Zhen


  • TransitioningEco-Map

    Eco Map Reference

  • The Cover Story

    TransitioningMy name is ___________________I came from (town/state) _


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