The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) is a five-year project working with eight sites that will implement evidence-based interventions or develop and test promising practices which if proven effective can be replicated or adapted in other child welfare jurisdictions. Effective interventions are expected to achieve long-term, stable permanence in adoptive and guardianship homes for waiting children as well as children and families after adoption or guardianship has been finalized.

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a literature review Risk & Protective Factors for Discontinuity in Public Adoption and Guardianship and a more comprehensive citation list Literature Related to Adoption and Guardianship, Permanence, and Well-Being. Click here to view.

Watch the QIC-AG Project Videos

Announcing two new videos describing the QIC-AG and our sites’ interventions. Please watch and share, together we can create awareness of the need to support families from pre- to post- adoption and guardianship.

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QIC-AG Permanency Continuum Framework Materials

The QIC-AG Permanency Continuum Framework was developed by the Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) to guide its work of helping children in the transition from foster care to adoption or guardianship, and then helping families maintain stability and well-being after adoption or guardianship has been achieved. To learn more about the Permanency Continuum Framework and read or download more information about the eight different intervals that make up the Continuum, visit www.qic-ag.org/continuum-framework.

Project Overview

The National Quality Improvement Center for Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) is a national project designed to promote permanency, where reunification is no longer a goal, and improve adoption and guardianship preservation and support. QIC-AG is built on the premise that child welfare agencies need to provide a continuum of services to increase permanency stability, beginning when children first enter the child welfare system, and continuing after adoption or guardianship has been finalized. QIC-AG will work with six to eight selected sites (states, counties, tribes) to develop a continuum of services that increase pre- and post-permanency stability for families, improve children’s behavioral health, and advance the well-being of children and families. A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, USDHHS, the QIC-AG was awarded to Spaulding for Children in partnership with The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.