Advanced Clinical Permanency Training for Massachusetts DCF Supervisors

Session One

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Multiple Transitions: A Young Child's Point of View about Foster Care and Adoption Multiple Transition Video Text

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Watch this Great Two Part Series "WE INTERRUPT"
Listen to what Minnesota Youth in Foster Care have to say about Permanency in their lives.  This fabulous production was made possible by Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StY__eircls
Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvG0-JvmR-I

Learn More About the Orphan Train Experience in American Child Welfare History 


Learn More About Children and Families of Color in the Child Welfare System



Learn More About the Adoption Experience

Learn More About the Foster Care Experience

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Session Two
Core Clinical Issues in Permanency Planning Systems 


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In his intensely personal, disturbing, and moving account of a father's struggle to come to grips with the devastating and yet preventable condition, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Dorris gives us vital information about a crisis demanding worldwide attention. Himself a Native American, anthropologist/novelist Dorris adopted an Indian child in 1971 who, after batteries of tests and transfer from school to school, was finally diagnosed as suffering from FAS. To understand fully his son's condition, Dorris was compelled to "systematically confront Native American history." Here he tells of infants born in the throes of delirium tremens, of social workers so frustrated that they frankly discuss the possibility of incarcerating drunken expectant mothers during pregnancy or of sterilizing repeat offenders. Dorris includes a wealth of scientific data, excellent treatments of alcohol's effects upon Native American culture and of the physiopathological aspects of FAS, and a very complete bibliography.

Adopted is a 2-DVD set: A DVD teaching guide with more than 2 hours of expert advice and case studies, plus an 80 minute documentary film.





“Adopted: The New American Family” follows Jen, an adult Korean adoptee, as she confronts issues of race and identity. In the video clip below, Jen has frank discussions with her parents about being teased as a child because of her race. Watch the video and tell us about your experiences with your child’s racial identity. Or if you’re an adoptee, let us know what it was like to grow up confronting racism and how you discussed your feelings with your parents.

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The 56 minute documentary Unlocking the Heart of Adoption bridges the gap between birth and adoptive families through diverse personal stories of adoptees, birthparents and adoptive parents in same race and transracial adoptions interwoven with the filmmaker’s story as a birthmother revealing the enormous complexities in their lives with fascinating historical background.

Or send to:
Sheila Ganz
Pandora's Box Productions
1546 Great Highway #44
San Francisco, CA  94122
email: unlockingheart@hotmail.com

Adopted Children in Care of the Department of Children and Families
July 2006 – June 2007

Literature on Disruption

Coakley, J. F. & Berrick, J. D. (2007). Research review: in a rush to permanency: preventing adoption disruption. Child and Family Social Work, 13, 101-112.

Festinger, T. (2005). Adoption Disruption: Rates, correlates and service needs. In Mallon,G. & Hess, P. M. (Eds.), Child welfare for the 21st century: A handbook of practices, policies and programs (452-468). New York: Columbia University Press.

Rosenthal, J. A., & Groze, V.K. (1994). A longitudinal study of special-needs adoptive families. Child Welfare, LXXIII (6), 689-706.

Smith, S. L., Howard, J. A. (1994). The impact of previous sexual Abuse on children’s adjustment in adoptive placement. Social Work, 39 (5), 491-501.

Smith, S. L., Howard, J. A., Garnier, P. C. & Ryan, S. D. (2006). Where are we now?    A post-ASFA examination of adoption disruption. Adoption Quarterly  9 (4), 19-44.

Valdez, G. M., & McNamara (1984). Matching to prevent adoption disruption. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 11 (5), 391-403.

Zosky, D. L., Howard, J., Smith, S. L., Howard, A., & Shelvin, K. (2005). Investing in adoptive families: What adoptive families tell us regarding the benefits of adoption preservation services. Adoption Quarterly, 8(3),1-23.

Session Three
Foster Care, Adoption, and Infertility Issues for Birthparents


Boo, Mary. Maza, Penelope L. Radel, Laura. Strottman, Kathleen. Vandivere, Sharon. DeVooght, Kerry. Williams-Mbengue, Nina.
Child Trends. Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
These slides include findings from the National Survey of Adoptive Parents (NSAP), which was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and represents the first ever nationally-representative survey on the characteristics, adoption-related experiences, and well-being of adopted children and their families in the U.S. The presentation focused on findings involving families with children adopted from foster care. Researchers from Child Trends presented key findings from the national survey, and policy experts discussed how these findings inform deliberations on adoption policies. Invited guests included adoption experts from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC).

Third Party Reproduction

Internet Blogs written by Birthmothers:

Internet Resources for Birth Families:
Relevant Films:
The Forty Year Secret  by Mary Anne Alton
Unlocking the Hear of Adoption  by Sheila Gantz
Broken Ties  by Deborah Baker
Mother and Child  starring Annette Benning
SAFEGUARDNG the RIGHTS AND WELL-BEING of BIRTHPARENTS in the ADOPTION PROCESS     Important Research Paper Released by Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute:        www.adoptioninstitute.com
Relevant Literature:
Go to my website:  www.lesliepatemackinnon.com
Upper right hand corner of my site you will see “Do Your Homework Booklist”

Session Four
Engaging Family Partners in Child Welfare

Partner Partners and Meaningful Parent Engagement
Sandra Jimenez

NRCPFC, New York
Meaningful family engagement with parents is critical for good practice in child welfare. In this session, our presenter will work with the class to discuss the principles of meaningful engagement with family members affected by the child welfare system.  We will also focus on kinship care issues as a part of this class.

Family Leadership and Perspectives
Rise Magazine - A Magazine which publishes stories by and for parents affected by the child welfare system http://www.risemagazine.org/index.html
Rise Workbooks
These anthologies compile our best stories along with discussion guides and journal reflection worksheets for each story. Each workbook is a readymade parent support group curriculum. Bring parents' true stories to parenting classes. Use in staff and foster parent training.

Building a Bridge
Building a Bridge
Stories about building collaboration between parents and foster parents
#CW-BRD, 130 pp. $18.95 
20 stories by parents, foster parents, and teens + 14 worksheets 
Positive relationships between parents and foster parents help children feel more secure in care and adjust more easily after reunification. Ideal for staff and foster parent training.

It Won't Happen Again
It Won't Happen Again 
Stories about reunification by parents affected by the child welfare system
#CW-REUN, 82 pp. $12.00
Nine stories and worksheets
When children act out after reunification, parents often feel overwhelmed. Help parents understand children’s fear and anger and learn healthy responses that other parents have used to repair relationships with their children.

Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Children
Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Children 
Stories about parenting by parents affected by the child welfare system
#CW-HIST, 86 pp. $12.00
10 stories and worksheets 
Parents who grew up with chaos, trauma, or family separation need guidance to build safe, nurturing homes. Parents will feel capable of setting routines, improving communication, and using positive discipline when they read these stories by their peers.
Free Rise Booklets
It's OK to Need Support and One Step at a Time were designed for distribution at New York City Initial Child Safety Conferences. Parent community representatives who guide parents at these conferences—where the decision is made whether to place a child in foster care—selected these Rise stories to support parents in crisis.
'It's OK to Need Support'
A parent-to-parent guide to family support services 
24 pp. / 21 stories FREE 
If you need help keeping your children safe or resolving family conflicts, the stories in this booklet will help you find the support you need and take steps to protect your children and yourself.
One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time
A parent-to-parent guide to the child welfare system 
32 pp. / 26 stories FREE 
If your children have been removed, the stories in this booklet will take you step by step through the process of reunifying with your children.
Nuestras Historias
Nuestras Historias
Nuestras Histories is a collection of 10 stories in Spanishabout parenting by Mexican-American immigrant mothers. Stories explore the challenges these mothers face maintaining safe and stable homes and supporting their children and families while living in a new culture. Stories were developed in a writing workshop at the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park

Family to Family Parent Partners
The Annie E. Casey Foundation Family to Family initiative works with child welfare systems nationwide to improve practices. Many sites develop Parent Partner programs, which work with parents who have been through the system to guide and support other parents.

Parents as Partners
Workers and families learn from each other in 15 cities nationwide.

Child Welfare Organizing Project (CWOP), New York, NY
The Child Welfare Organizing Project (CWOP) is a parent / professional partnership dedicated to public child welfare reform in New York City through increased, meaningful parent involvement in service and policy planning.


Session Five
Adoptive Person and Adoptive Parents Experiences

Our speakers in this session are adopted persons and adoptive parents from the Commonwealth of Massachuesetts

Please review these resources:

True Stories by Youth in Foster Care

Becoming and Staying a Foster Parent  

The Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parent Association

Adopted Person Personal Stories

Impact of Adoption on Adopted Persons

Fosterparent Blog

Adopted Person Blogs

Adoptive Parent Blogs

Birth Parent Finder (10)


Session Six

Please read the two case studies and the article on Lifelong Themes.



Session Seven
Trauma, Abuse/Neglected and Sexually Abused Children and Youth
Maris Blechner, MSW
Family Focus Adoption Services
54-40 Little Neck Parkway, Suite 4
Little Neck, NY 11362


Session Eight
Clinical Practice with Diverse Children, Youth and Families- Dr. John Raible

Our Speaker for this class is:
Dr. John Raible

Dr. John Raible has been educating audiences about transracial adoption for more than thirty years. He began speaking to adoptive parents in the 1970s as a teen panelist at regional and national adoption conferences. He is one of the adult adoptees featured in the widely-shown 1998 documentary film Struggle for Identity: Issues in Transracial Adoption. More recently, he was a returning cast member for the award-winning 2007 Struggle for Identity: A Conversation 10 Years Later.

As an outspoken and nationally-known adult adoptee, Professor Raible has appeared on television talk shows such as the Joan Rivers Show and Sally Jesse Raphael, and has been interviewed by numerous media organizations, includingEssence Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and BBC Radio’s World Service.

Dr. Raible received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies, concentrating in Language, Literacy, and Culture. His thesis examined the experience of non-adopted white siblings who grew up with adopted African American or Korean brothers and sisters.

After a long career as a public school teacher in diverse sites such as the Navajo Nation, Compton California, and upstate New York, John returned to graduate school to pursue a doctorate in Multicultural Education. Dr. Raible currently teaches courses in Multicultural Education and Family Diversity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he is Assistant Professor of Diversity & Curriculum Studies.

Prof. Raible’s research examines the ways racial identities unfold in multicultural social contexts, as for instance, among members of transracial/transnational adoptive families or within racially integrated schools. Dr. Raible’s publications include Lifelong Impact, Enduring Need in Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption (2006);  Beyond Categories: The Complex Identities of Adolescents (2003 & 2008, with Dr. Sonia Nieto); Transracialized Selves and the Emergence of Post-White Teacher Identities (2007 with Dr. Jason Irizarry); andReal Brothers, Real Sisters: Learning From the Non-adopted White Siblings of Transracial Adoptees (2008). His Checklist for Allies Against Racism has long been a popular reprint, along with his more recent 9 Steps to a Transracialized, Anti-racist Lifestyle.

Over the years, Dr. Raible has provided trainings, lectures, keynotes, and other presentations to a variety of audiences, including Black Administrators in Child Welfare (BACW), the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), National Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children (National CASA), the Africana Studies & Research Center at Cornell University, the University of Washington School of Social Work, and the School of Social Work at Hunter College.  Dr. Raible is available as a speaker, trainer, and consultant on a variety of topics, including transracial adoption and foster care, family diversity, multicultural identities and anti-racism, and multicultural education issues.

Issues of difference, identity, and belonging affect adopted children, birth parents and adoptive parents alike. Birth parents have been parents to a child, at least during gestation, but may no longer actively parent of that child after adoption. Adoptive parents may feel they are different from biological parents because they did not give birth to this child. Children feel different because of their histories and connections to two families and the feelings of loss and lost information that is a part of their story. These differences may be compounded by additional issues of diversity brought on by transracial or transcultural adoptions, adoption by gay or lesbian couples, and/or adoption by a child's relatives. This module will explore the therapeutic implications for working with diverse families and will briefly address the issues around intercountry adoption.

Transracial Parenting in Foster Care & Adoption


Session Nine
Search and Reunion Issues
Our speaker for this class is Lisa Maynard, CSW, from Hillside Children's Center.  Lisa is the Director of Adoption Services at Hillside.

Session Ten
Wrap Up and What You Will Be Bringing back to the Office That Changed Your Practice







Adoption Notice: New Intercountry Adoption Website
The Office of Children’s Issues has launched a new website adoption.state.gov to allow you to access important intercountry adoption information and updates more easily.  We have new sections dedicated to describing the overall process as well as specific information on the Hague Convention process, country specific information, Immigrant Visas, and information geared towards the adoption
community.  We invite you to explore the new website and get familiar with it.  If you have any questions or comments about our new website please contact the office at askci@state.gov or 1-888-407-4747. 


$12 a day for a foster child?
Omaha World-Herald  February 17, 2011
Esau was among several people who testified in support of a bill that would require the state to develop new payment rates for foster parents by July 1, 2012. Under Legislative Bill 199, the new rates would have to be enough to cover the basic needs of a foster child. The bill also would require that private agencies contracting with the state pay foster parents on a timely basis.

Bill giving adoption information in Neb. advances
Associated Press  February 17, 2011
The bill (LB94) by Omaha Sen. Gwen Howard would provide the opportunity for those seeking to adopt a state ward to read the child's case file kept by the Department of Health and Human Services.

U.S.: A Families-First Approach to Foster Care
New York Times February 21, 2011
It’s difficult to change systems even when they are widely acknowledged to be broken. That’s the situation facing the nation’s foster care system.

AR: State Supreme Court strikes down adoption ban
Arkansas News Bureau  April 7, 2011
A state law banning unmarried, cohabiting couples from adopting children or becoming foster parents is unconstitutional, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled unanimously today.

AZ: Arizona House approves bill on adoption preference
Associated Press  April 7, 2011
A bill giving married couples what amounts to a tie-breaker preference for adoptions is near the finish line at the Arizona Legislature amid debate that centers on what's best for children.

FL: Equity funding will erode gains within top performing child welfare agencies
St. Petersburg Times  April 8, 2011
New legislation in the Florida Senate calls for reducing funding for all community-based care lead agencies by 25 percent. That amount then would be used to create so-called equity for all lead agencies in the state contracted to provide child welfare, foster care and adoption services.
NY: When blame isn’t enough (Op-Ed by Olivia A. Golden)
New York Times  April 7, 2011
I examined institutions like airlines and some hospitals that have reduced deaths and injuries. Through rigorous data analysis, they have developed systemic approaches to safety, focusing on clear communication, minimum-staffing requirements and “fail-safe” strategies to reduce the consequences of inevitable human error. Such strategies can be applied to protecting children.

Star-Telegram  April 6, 2011
Just when there is reason to hope for improvements to the way Texas treats foster children, a lawsuit filed by a New York advocacy group threatens to throw a wrench into the works.

VA: Debate intensifies over gay adoption rules
Richmond Times-Dispatch  April 7, 2011
Lobbying efforts are intensifying over a proposed regulatory change that would prohibit Virginia adoption agencies from discriminating based on sexual orientation.

US: Fewer Russian adoptions since mom sends son back
NPR  April 7, 2011
Though adoptions have continued, they've been at a much slower pace. In 2010, there were roughly 1,000 Russian adoptions, more than a 30 percent drop from the previous year.

USA Today    April 11, 2011

"An immense amount has changed in the last decade — intercountry adoption is plummeting, foster-care adoptions are soaring, a kid was 'returned' to Russia, the Haiti earthquake was an object lesson in how not to do adoptions, openness in infant adoptions really took hold, and on and on," say Pertman, whose work focuses on the overall adoptive family.

The New American    April 11, 2011
In the state high court’s unanimous opinion, Justice Robert Brown wrote that Act 1 was unfair in that it prohibited couples living in a sexual relationship outside of marriage from serving as caregivers for children in state care. “We hold that a fundamental right to privacy is at issue in this case and that, under the Arkansas Constitution, sexual cohabitors have the right to engage in private, consensual, noncommercial intimacy in the privacy of their homes,” wrote Brown. “We further hold that this right is jeopardized by Act 1, which precludes all sexual cohabitors, without exception, from eligibility for parenthood, whether by means of adoption or foster care.”
Marietta Times    April 9, 2011
A large sign placed in a truck bed parked at the former Movie Gallery, on the corner of Pike and Greene streets, read "Hoping to Adopt" and their contact information.  "It definitely caught my eye," said Kim Griffin, of Marietta, who passed it coming and going to work each day. "I wasn't sure what to make of it... (it was) definitely something I've not seen before."
Battle Creek Enquirer    April 12, 2011
Michigan legislators now are considering a package of bills that would change the system so that uncontested adoption cases would be expedited and children could enjoy the permanency of an adoptive home sooner. Such changes are needed.
Howard News Service    April 8, 2011
The siblings are at the heart of a Nebraska court battle that could establish a legal precedent on whether siblings have a right to live together if they become wards of the state.
RI: Bill would expand access to records
Providence Journal   April 12, 2011
Adopted adults who want to see their original birth certificates will try again this year to press state lawmakers to change the Rhode Island law that keeps documents that identify their birth parents secret.  A bill to provide adoptees with access to their original birth certificates when they turn 18 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday afternoon.
Nashville Public Radio    April 7, 2011

It was a year ago this week that a small town nurse in Shelbyville put the international adoption world into an uproar. Fearful of her newly adopted son, she sent the 7-year-old back to Moscow on a one-way trip. Russian adoptions had already been on a steady decline. Russian officials threatened to suspend placements with U.S. families altogether. But the adoption pipeline was never completely shutoff.

TN: Teens who are close to aging out of foster care find homes, hope
The Tennessean  April 30, 2011
Almost half of the kids in the state’s system are teenagers. But even as they move closer to aging out of the system, some still seek to be adopted.

IL: Catholic Charities might stop adoption and foster care services
KWQC May 4, 2011
Catholic Charities of Illinois might have to stop adoption and foster care services. It is because the organization will not process applications for civil union couples and the issue could cost them state funding.

NY: New bill would expand adoptees rights
The Queens Courier  May 4, 2011
A2003, “The Bill of Adoptee Rights,” would enable adults who were adopted to obtain a non-certified copy of their original birth certificate. In addition, should there be a medical history form, the adoptee would have access to it.

RI: House Judiciary OKs bill allowing adopted children to see original birth certificates
Providence Journal  June 8, 2011
A bill to allow adults who were adopted as children to view their original birth certificates won unanimous approval by the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, and now heads to the full House for a vote.

US: Picking your parents: Adult adoption creates new bond
MSNBC  June 8, 2011
Adult adoptions appear to be rising in America, according to Chuck Johnson, president and CEO of the National Council For Adoption.

NJ: Gov. Christie conditionally vetoes adoptee birth certificate bill, insisting anonymity for mothers
nj.com  June 24, 2011
Attempting to end a 30-year battle over whether adopted people can get their birth certificates, Gov. Chris Christie agreed Thursday the records should be released but insisted that women who gave their kids up to adoption should have their anonymity preserved.

WPRI  September 16, 2011
The bill will give adoptees 25 or older, who were born in Rhode Island, access to their original birth certificates.

IL: adoptees can now get birth certificates

ABC7Chicago.com  November 15, 2011
A new state law helps adoptees get their birth certificates and learn about their birth families. The state has already received more than 2000 applications.


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