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.
News and Events
Implementation Lessons Learned Webinar
Click here to hear what the QIC-AG team has learned (sometimes the hard way), related to staffing and staff support, recruitment and retention, cost/sustainability, stakeholder collaboration, and logistics. We’ll also share concrete examples from the QIC-AG partner sites that can be applied to the implementation of any intervention.
Site Intervention Profiles: Lessons Learned
Over the last five years, the QIC-AG’s eight partner sites have ascertained a number of valuable insights about quality implementation of services to increase pre and post permanency stability for families. We are excited to share these insights with all of you!
Bring “Ask about Adoption: What Pediatric Health Providers Should Know About Adoption” to life!
Click here to watch a 10-minute video where Dr. Veenod Chulani discusses the importance of creating an adoption competent network of medical providers. He shares strategies that child welfare and medical providers can employ to promote relationships that support families who have adopted children
- Episode #1: Child Welfare in the 21st Century: Supporting Families Who Provide Permanence Featuring Dr. Mark Testa
- Episode #2: Empowering Families to Seek Support Featuring Melinda Lis
NACAC has published an in-depth article on the work of the QIC-AG
Click here to view the National Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) article featuring QIC-AG.
Developing an Adoption Competent Network of Providers
Click here to view the recording of the Developing an Adoption Competent Network of Providers webinar. Pediatric health providers, teachers, and social service professionals play a critical role in the lives of families who have adopted. Once an adoption has been finalized, these professionals typically have more frequent contact with adoptive families than child welfare professionals. Consequently, families look to these professionals for guidance, insight and support. In light of this, it is critical for these professionals to have familiarity with adoption. This presentation will include a panel of medical, educational and child welfare professionals who will discuss how to create a network of adoption competent providers. Specific information will be provided on how to engage pediatric health providers and teachers in a manner that helps them to become more adoption competent
Data Sharing in Child Welfare
Given the attention being paid to the importance of evidence-base practices and data, this article offers practical information on what a data use agreement is and when it necessary to use, as well as tips for successful data sharing. Click on the link below to download the PDF: Data Sharing In Child Welfare
Check it out!
The Chronicle of Social Change is running a series of articles that highlight the interventions being implemented in eight sites. So far, an overview of the QIC-AG as well as profiles of Texas and The Winnebago Tribe have all been featured. Stay tuned to the QIC-AG website and Chronicle of Social Change for more articles.
- Profiles in Permanence: What’s Being Done to Improve Adoptions and Guardianships
- Profiles in Permanence: Family Group Decision Making with the Winnebago Tribe
- Profiles in Permanence: Texas Preparing Guardians
- Profiles in Permanence: Surveying Adoptive Families and Guardians in Vermont
- Profiles in Permanence: Tuning into Teens in New Jersey
- Profiles in Permanency: Stabilizing Adoptions and Guardianships
- Profiles in Permanency: Enhanced Case Management for At-Risk Adoptions
- Profiles in Permanency: Reach for Success in Cawtaba County
- Profiles in Permanency: Improving Stress Response for Adoptive Parents
Read about the work of the QIC-AG in the Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work article!
Click here to read “Implementation science and prevention in action: Application in a post-permanency world”. The article describes how the QIC-AG applied implementation science and intervention research to guide the process of selecting and implementing an evidence-informed intervention – Tuning in to Teens; TINT – in New Jersey.
Bring “Ask about Adoption: What Teachers should Know about Adoption” to life!
Click here to watch a 10-minute video where Heather Forbes, LCSW discusses the importance of creating trauma informed schools. She also shares strategies that educators can employ to create a classroom culture that promotes a physically and psychologically safe environment that helps all children achieve academic success.
Ask About Adoption: Teachers Edition
Ask About Guardianship Fact Sheet for Social Service Providers
The QIC-AG has developed a new fact sheet as a part of our “Ask About” series. Ask About Guardianship is designed to help social service professionals to better serve guardianship families by providing insight into the dynamics of the family’s permanent relationships, factors that influenced decision-making in choosing the guardianship option, and how those decisions might affect the family’s current situation. The fact sheet provides concrete tips on how professionals can effectively support these children and families. It can also be used by guardians as a tool for engaging social service providers. Click on the link(s) below to download the PDF:
Click on the link(s) below to download the PDF:
Ask About Adoption Fact Sheets for Teachers, Pediatric Health Providers, and Parents
The QIC-AG as developed two fact sheets about adoption tailored for 1) teachers and 2) pediatric health care providers. The fact sheets are designed to raise awareness about the unique needs of children who have been adopted, and to provide concrete tips on how these professionals can effectively work with these children. They can also be used by adoptive parents as tools for engaging their child’s teachers or health care providers. Click on the link(s) below to download the PDFs.