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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Annual Lessons Learned Webinar: Developing an Adoption Competent Network of Providers

Please register for our upcoming webinar which will take place on Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm EDT.

Event Description:
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.

For more info or to register please click here.

Posted 9-10-18.

Time for a Quick Chat?

Join us for a QIChat! 30 minutes on September 19 at 3:00 p.m. (EST) is all it takes to learn about exciting work being done by the National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) in the 8 partner sites. This QIChat will highlight the intervention that Tennessee has implemented to support to children and families who have achieved permanence. Tennessee will discuss lessons learned while implementing the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. NMT helps clinicians determine beneficial therapeutic activities for a child based on the child’s specific developmental stage and physiological needs. The interactive QIChat will provide an overview of the intervention and highlight adaptation, recruitment and retention efforts that Tennessee has made to implement the intervention into their system. Come prepared to Chat as there will be plenty of time for Q and A.

To register for the QIChat, click on the following link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/p5b3pnngfjq2&eom. To learn more about the program, please read the Tennessee Intervention Profile at Tennessee.

Posted 8-15-18.

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

Posted 6-21-18.

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:
Posted 4-30-18.

Click on the link(s) below to download the PDF:

Ask About Guardianship

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.

Ask About Adoption: Teachers edition

Ask About Adoption: Pediatric Health Care Providers edition