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October 2002Vol. 3, No. 8National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center Releases Publication on Expediting Permanency

Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau, the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center published the manual Expediting Permanency for Abandoned Infants: Guidelines for State Policies and Procedures to expedite the primary goal of these children's permanency with their biological parent(s), a relative, or another family.

The resource center convened a national group of experts to explore current laws and practice related to expediting permanency for abandoned infants. As a result, the report:

  • Provides background information on abandoned infants.
  • Suggests legal and practice standards regarding "abandonment."
  • Defines permanency and suggests ways to incorporate the definition into State law and practice.
  • Identifies best practices in expediting permanency for infants who are abandoned or at risk of abandonment.

The report primarily focuses on abandoned children ages 0 to 3, but recognizes many older children are abandoned and the importance that policies and procedures not exclude older children. These older children should also be given the best chance of achieving permanency as expeditiously as possible.

The report also suggests strategies for preventing abandonment using promising practices to expedite permanency.

The report is available in PDF format at