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Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

February 2012 Archives

CW360-CEEDCover.gif Last week, the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare published a special edition of CW360° on using a develomental approach to child welfare practice. The publication, created in collaboration with the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED), is an incredible resource for anyone working in the areas of adoption and permanency.

Understanding child development is integral to child welfare practice, in particular for children and youth that are involved in adoption and permanency. Foster care and adoption workers, as well as foster, adoptive, and kinship/relative caregivers must understand the impact of early experiences of abuse, neglect, trauma, stress, multiple placements and institutionalization have on a child's development and how that affects children and youth's permanency outcomes.

This special issue of CW360° includes perspectives from child welfare workers, foster parents, judges, researchers, and policy experts. Topics include: higlighting innovative programs for parents and children; what foster parents need to meet the developmental needs of children in their care; influencing public policy to include child development; current research; and collaboration among child welfare, education, public health, child development and mental health arenas.

For a copy of this issue of CW360°, click here.

For past issues of CW360° including special issues on:
2009 Permanency or Aging Out: Adolescents in the Child Welfare System and 2010 Promoting Placement Stability
visit our CW360° page at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare.

Adoption Tax Credit Awareness day

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The North American Council on Adoptable Children has created a helpful information sheet to declare today, Monday, February 13, 2012, Adoption Tax Credit Awareness Day.

The adoption tax credit was first implemented in 2003 as a tool to help adoptive parents that had adopted children with special needs from the foster care system. For more information on the adoption tax credit, NACAC has put together a host of resources available on their website to help families navigate the complicated process of filing for the tax credit.

For more information, please see the NACAC website here and download the flyer here.

What are the rights of birth fathers?

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Several stories in the news lately feature the experiences of fathers fighting for custody of children placed for adoption without their consent. Birth fathers are often left out in discussions about adoption and permanency.

In one recent ruling, the Utah Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision that determined a Colorado man was not entitled to intervene in the adoption of his daughter. The court determined that the man had reasonably relied on the mother's statements to stay and give birth in Colorado, where Mr. Manzanares filed for paternity. Instead, the mother traveled to Utah and had the child there, where Manzanares had not filed for paternity.

You can read the full article here.

A case in Norway involving the removal of two Indian children from their parents sparked controversy and allegations of racial and cultural bias. According to the articles, the children's grandparents expressed a desire to care fo the children and accused the Norwegian government of preferring to keep the children in foster care until their 18th birthdays. However, according to MSN News, Norway agreed to place the children in the custody of their uncle.