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February 2008Vol. 9, No. 1Legal Advocates for Permanent Parenting

Foster parents, kinship caregivers, and adoptive parents can find information and resources to help them navigate the foster care system at the Legal Advocates for Permanent Parenting (LAPP) website. The site provides legal information, training, referral, and support for foster parents, relatives raising children, adoptive families, and their child welfare partners. LAPP works to improve communication between caregiver families and agencies, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), attorneys, and the courts, and it supports policies that ensure that every child in foster care finds a permanent, loving family.

The founders of LAPP are experienced dependency lawyers who have cared for foster children in their own homes as foster, adoptive, and kinship parents. LAPP provides information, training, and consulting to caregiver groups, child welfare agencies, and courts throughout the Nation.

Featured on the LAPP site is a national resource manual and curriculum on foster parent rights and responsibilities that was developed in collaboration with the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, the National Foster Parent Association, and the Child Welfare League of America. The manual and curriculum are available from the LAPP website.