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May 2020Vol. 21, No. 4Bridging the Gap Between Birth and Foster Parents to Support Permanency

A longstanding foster care and adoption initiative in Northern Virginia called Bridging the Gap (PDF - 81 KB) aims to build and maintain the lines of communication and engagement between birth, foster, and adoptive parents to ensure the best interests of the child.

The brief discusses the needs of children in foster care, including basic necessities as well as a continued connection to their families; parents with children in foster care, including nonjudgmental support and peace of mind that their child has been placed in a safe environment; and foster parents, including information about the child and the child's specific circumstances.

It also highlights the advantages of the Bridging the Gap initiative as they pertain to children in foster care, their parents, their foster parents, and social workers.

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