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
These powerful videos from the eight partner sites provide a window into each intervention and features families and team members together in action.
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Webinar: Promoting Systems Change to Prepare and Support Adoption and Guardianship Families
Join Leslie Cohen and Stephanie Hodge Wolf for the next QIC-AG webinar. With the six key messages as a guide, this presentation will highlight the practical tools, materials, and content created by QIC-AG and offer participants a deeper understanding of how the work could be useful for members of the child welfare community as well as allied professionals.
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: 3:00pm-4:15pm (EST)
Hosts: National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption/Guardian Support and Preservation
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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
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
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.