Each Monday on the Stability, Permanency and Adoption blog we will provide a selection of news from the past week that you may have missed.
Today's news round up:
A Home for the Holidays, the annual televised special sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption highlighting foster care adoption is schdeduled to air December 21, 2011 on CBS. This year's show includes performances by Judstin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, One Republic, Christina Perri and host Martina McBride. Also schedule to appear include actor Katherine Heigl and Denise Richards. For more information visit their website (click here).
State halts international adoptions for family with 14 children. A couple in Joliet IL is fighting to adopt special needs children. According to the couple, their adoption agency has told the family has reached the limit of children a private family can be licensed to provide foster care, a requirement the family needs to adopt. Read the full story here.
A report on foster youth, Meeting Needs, Improving Outcomes for youth in Long-Term Care, was released this past week. This report by the Carsey Institute examined the outcomes of 727 children and followed up on these children four years after entering out-of-home care. The findings were particularly troubling for older youth. For example, only 5% of older children 15-18 years at the four year follow up had been adopted, while 61% of children 3-5 years found an adoptive placement. Youth 15-18 had high levels of emotional and behavioral problems and only 11 states offered extended care to age 21 for youth in foster care. You can download the report here.