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June 2013Vol. 14, No. 5New Issue of The Roundtable

A new issue of The Roundtable, published by the National Resource Center for Adoption (NRCA), focuses on the importance of providing support and preservation services to adoptive families. The feature article, by Susan Livingston Smith, discusses the impact of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 on the rate of adoptions in the United States and the benefits of finding permanency through adoption rather than long-term foster care.

The article emphasizes that postadoption services are vital to ensuring the continued well-being of children and youth who have been adopted, as well as their adoptive families. Children who are adopted often come from difficult situations and may have a history of trauma. Adoptive parents need to be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully care for their adopted\ child. Child welfare workers must also be aware of and know how to address the ongoing needs of adopted children and families.

Other articles in the newsletter discuss collaborations among child welfare workers, adoptive families, and other community stakeholders to improve adoption outcomes and highlight Illinois adoption preservation programs and the North American Council on Adoptable Children's Community Champions Network. Finally, the newsletter provides a tip sheet for practitioners to help guide discussions on adoption issues.

Access the full edition of The Roundtable here: (769 KB)