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March 2015Vol. 16, No. 2Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation

Services to increase permanency stability must begin at the moment children or youth enter the child welfare system and continue even after permanency is achieved. In an effort to help maintain permanency, the Children's Bureau recently funded the National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG). The QIC-AG is a 5-year project and partnership among the Children's Bureau, Spaulding for Children, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The QIC-AG will implement evidence-based supports and interventions that are culturally competent to help achieve long-term, stable permanency in adoptive and guardianship homes. Services will be provided to families in six to eight sites in States, counties, and Tribes. Demonstration sites will be chosen later this year. In addition to increasing postpermanency stability, the interventions will aim to improve behavioral health for children and child and family well-being. The target populations for these services include the following:

  • Children awaiting adoptive or guardianship placements or those who have been placed in adoptive or guardianship homes but whose permanency has not been finalized—for a significant time—due to challenging mental health, emotional, or behavioral issues.
  • Children and families who have finalized adoptions or guardianships but whose permanency is at risk. This population includes private adoption and guardianships, either domestic or international.

The QIC-AG's website, available at, offers an FAQ about the project and its scope, a PowerPoint presentation providing a project overview, and information about partner organizations and the site selection process.