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November 2006Vol. 7, No. 8Report to Congress on Permanency for Older Children

The Children's Bureau has released a Report to Congress that outlines the challenges and strategies involved with achieving permanency for older children and youth in foster care. Children age 9 and older make up a growing proportion of those in foster care. As a group, these children tend to stay in foster care longer than younger children and are at significant risk for being emancipated from care without a permanent family.

While the challenges for finding permanent families for these children are significant, there are a number of approaches, supported by Federal initiatives, that show promising results. These include innovative recruitment strategies for adoptive families, court reform measures, enhanced pre- and postplacement services, and active youth involvement. The Report to Congress outlines these strategies and provides examples of State, foundation, and local efforts.

Report to Congress on Adoption and Other Permanency Outcomes for Children in Foster Care: Focus on Older Children is available on the Children's Bureau website: