Key Message: Support Families Who Provide Permanence

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Child welfare systems should increase their ability to provide post-adoption and guardianship supports and services for children and families.

Over the past decade, the number of children supported through federally funded adoption and guardianship subsidies has increased substantially. Given the number of children who live in adoptive and guardianship homes, it is important that we allocate resources to ensure the stability and well-being of the children. It is imperative that we continue to support these families not only as they transition to adoption or guardianship but also throughout their journey. Given the body of scientific evidence regarding the long-term effects of trauma on child development, it is critical that child welfare systems ensure they are offering children and families a robust array of post-permanency supports and services.

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