Kinship Center Staff Attends Post-Adoption Support Services Congressional Briefing
By Catie Hargrove, Kinship Center Education Institute Director
On May 10, 2011, I had the pleasure of attending a Congressional briefing on Post Adoption Support Services. The briefing was sponsored by a coalition of adoption and child welfare organizations, most notably the Evan B. Donaldson Institute, The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Child Welfare League of America, Voice for Adoption, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, the North American Council on Adoptable Children the Center for Adoption Support and Education and Kinship Center. The briefing included a keynote address from Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), a panel discussion from adoptive parents and a former foster youth on how a lack of post adoption support services negatively impacted their families, and an address from Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Institute.
Sen Klobuchar introduced the Supporting Adoptive Families ACT in August 1010. She addressed the audience of nearly 100 congressional staffers, child welfare and mental health professionals, adoptive parents, and adult adoptees to encourage their support and advocacy for this legislation.
Sen. Klobuchar emphasized the need for research to be conducted to provide information about placement disruption, dissolution, and displacement. She commended the current bi-partisan support that the bill has, and urged those in attendance to contact their legislators to raise awareness for and to help gain their support for this legislation.
Adam Pertman introduced the report “Keeping the Promise: The Critical Need for Post-Adoption Services to Enable Children and Families to Succeed”. Pertman outlined Joint Policy Recommendations to further the Keeping the Promise Initiative and to help federal policymakers to shift their mindset away from simply placing children into adoptive homes but to provide the long-term support families need. The recommendations are:
For more information about the Evan B. Donaldson report, click here. For more information on the Supporting Adoptive Families ACT, click here. If you would like to contact your Senator to urge their support of this legislation, you can find their contact information here.blog comments powered by Disqus
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