The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) is a five-year project working with eight sites that will implement evidence-based interventions or develop and test promising practices which if proven effective can be replicated or adapted in other child welfare jurisdictions. Effective interventions are expected to achieve long-term, stable permanence in adoptive and guardianship homes for waiting children as well as children and families after adoption or guardianship has been finalized.
News and Events
QIC-AG Assessment Webinar – ICYMI
On April 21, 2021 Project Director Leslie Cohen, Site Consultant Stephanie Hodge Wolfe, and North Dakota Administrator of Adoption Services and QIC-AG site champion, Julie Hoffman hosted a webinar all about the QIC-AG’s continuum assessment tool and process. We’ve also created a page where you can watch the Webinar as well as learn more about the tools and process.
QIC-AG New Partner Sites
The QIC-AG is working with the following partner sites. Each site is working with the QIC-AG team to assess their post permanency service delivery systems and build better supports for adoptive and guardianship families.
- North Dakota
Post Permanency Surveys
Post Permanency Surveys are good way for sites to connect with families and to better understand their needs post adoption or post guardianship. Learn more about how sites have utilized surveys to learn as much as they can about the families they serve.
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Insights into Post-Adoption Service Programs for Private and Intercountry Adoptions from the QIC-AG
While post-adoption services have been shown as important in family well-being and health, little research has assessed the effectiveness of these services for families who adopt children through intercountry or private domestic adoption. This new paper draws upon unique approaches from several of the QIC-AG interventions and highlights the importance of ensuring availability and access to services and supports for families that adopt via the intercountry or private domestic process.
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Prioritizing and Planning Parent Outreach for Adoptive and Guardianship Families: QIC-tips For Success
This new paper focuses on Parent Outreach, an essential element of implementation that can sometimes be overlooked. The QIC-AG brings together insight, lessons learned, and “QIC-tips” collected and compiled as teams in the eight partner sites worked to support adoptive and guardianship families.
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The QIC-AG has released comprehensive Implementation Manuals for each of the seven interventions. The manuals provide detailed information for child welfare and a roadmap and structured process to 1) determine if an intervention is the “right” intervention for your site and 2) implement the intervention with integrity. Click the links below for each manual.
- Illinois – Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET)
- New Jersey – Tuning into Teens (TINT)
- Tennessee – Neurosequentiual Model of Therapeutics (NMT)
- Texas – Pathways to Permanency 2
- Vermont – Permanency Survey
- Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska – Family Group Decision Making (FGDM)
- Wisconsin – Adoption Guardianship Enhanced Support (AGES)
Powerful Videos from QIC-AG
The Partner Site Videos chronicle the sites implementation journey and highlight the personal impact of providing the intervention to children and families.
- Reach for Success: Catawba County, NC
- TARGET: Illinois
- TINT: New Jersey
- NMT: Tennessee
- Pathways 2: Texas
- Permanency Survey: Vermont
- FGDM: Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
- AGES: Wisconsin
Annual Lessons Learned
- 2020 – Promoting Systems Change to Prepare and Support Adoption and Guardianship Families
- 2019 – Implementation Lessons Learned
- 2018 – Developing an Adoption Competent Network of Providers
- 2017 – Challenges of Engaging Adoptive and Guardianship Families
- 2016 – Child Welfare’s Responsibility to promote Child and Family Well-Being Post Permanency: The Need to Create a Robust Permanency Continuum Framework
- 2015 – Child Welfare in the 21st Century: The Need for a Pre-Post Permanency Services Continuum
Site Intervention Profiles: Lessons Learned
Over the last five years, the QIC-AG’s eight partner sites have ascertained a number of valuable insights about quality implementation of services to increase pre and post permanency stability for families. We are excited to share these insights with all of you!
Ask About Series
The QIC-AG’s “Ask About Series” offers valuable and practical information about adoption and guardianship geared toward professionals that support families. Click the links below to access facts sheet and videos.
- What Teachers Should Know About Adoption
- What Pediatric Health Care Providers Should Know About Adoption
- Guardianship Fact Sheet for Social Service Providers
- Episode #1: Child Welfare in the 21st Century: Supporting Families Who Provide Permanence Featuring Dr. Mark Testa
- Episode #2: Empowering Families to Seek Support Featuring Melinda Lis
- Episode #3: Responding Expediently to Families’ Unique Service Needs
- Episode #4: Allocate Resources to Engage Families in Services and Supports
- Episode #5: Not Every Family Will Have a Service Need
- Episode #6: Ensuring Supports for Intercounty and Private Domestic Adoption