Resources

 

Adoption and Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care 

This brief by Generations United with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption focuses on adoption and guardianship for children in kinship foster care, so that these children can exit foster care into permanent families (2018). 

 

National Comparison Chart:  Adoption and Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care ​

This chart by Generations United with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is designed to help kinship foster parents compare adoption and guardianship as two options that you and the children in your care can pursue to exit foster care and create permanent families (2018). 

 

All Children Deserve a Permanent Family: Subsidized Guardianship as a Common Sense Solution for Relatives in Long Term Foster Care
Presents new data showing the foster care system’s significant reliance on relatives, and highlights the need for subsidized guardianships as another permanency option for children for whom reunification with parents or adoption is not viable. It also features new data on Latino children, from Generations United (2007).

 

Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau Guardianship Website

 

Expanding Permanency Options for Children: A Guide to Subsidized Guardianship Programs
Outlines concrete approaches for states to consider in establishing new subsidized guardianship programs and in improving existing ones to better ensure safety and permanency for children, from Children's Defense Fund and Cornerstone Consulting Group (2003). 

Fostering the Future: Safety, Permanence and Well-Being for Children in Foster Care
This final report of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care includes its recommendations concerning federally funding subsidized guardianships as another permanency option for children for whom reunification with parents or adoption is not viable (2004). 


Making it Work: Using the Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP) to Close the Permanency Gap for Children in Foster Care

Examines the benefits of Title IV-E GAP and best practices in states implementing GAP (2012) AND

 

The Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP): An Update on Implementation and Moving GAP Forward
Follow up to the Making it Work Report (2015).

 

Pursuing Permanence for Children in Foster Care: Issues and Options for Establishing a Federal Guardianship Assistance Program in New York State

Examines kinship care in New York and other states, as well as the history of subsidized guardianship and its fiscal impact, from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Social Work (2010). 

States & Subsidized Guardianship Laws at a Glance
Compares elements from all the subsidized guardianship programs around the country, from Children's Defense Fund (2004). 

State Plans, Policies and Laws for States Implementing Federal GAP
Initially collected by The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections at the Hunter College School of Social Work (2013) and updated by the ABA Center on Children and the Law 2020.

Title IV-E GAP Programs: A Work in Progress

US Department of Health and Human Services Guardianship Brief which contains information the program’s implementation including GAP program utilization, similarity to Adoption Assistance expansion efforts, cost of the program, barriers to the program’s use and its impact on other permanency options (2018).

 

Using Subsidized Guardianship to Improve Outcomes for Children: Key Questions to Consider
Answers the question - what is subsidized guardianship - in addition to ten other key questions, from the Children's Defense Fund and Cornerstone Consulting Group (2004).

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