Course Detail: 18SW0404 - Children and Youth who Exit Foster Care to Adoption and Guardianship: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities

Course Description

You will come away from this presentation with knowledge about recent trends in permanency for foster youth, including the nationwide shift from a child welfare system primarily focused on providing services to children in foster care to a system focused more on services intended to maintain stable, legally permanent adoptive and guardianship homes. Risk and protective factors for successful post-permanency adjustment will be discussed, as well as promising interventions for supporting former foster youth and their families after legal adoption or guardianship.

Who Should Attend?

  • - Social Workers
  • - Health Professionals
  • - Mental Health Professionals
  • - Human Service Professionals


  • - Discuss alternative permanency options for children and youth in the child welfare system in NC
  • - Review nationwide trends in policy and practice in regard to permanency
  • - Summarize research evidence regarding risk and protective factors for stability after adoption and guardianship
  • - Identify promising interventions for achieving stable permanency

CEUs and Contact Hours

This lecture is worth 2 contact hours or 0.2 CEUs.

Available Sessions