The NRCPFC has compiled state-by-state listings of free online handbooks for the following audiences: Adoptive Parents; Birth Parents; Children and Youth in Foster Care; and, Foster Parents.
- Adoptive Parents
This webpage lists handbooks that assist prospective adoptive parents in negotiating the adoption process, as well as handbooks providing information on post-adoption services for families.
- Birth Parents
For birth parents whose children have entered the foster care system, the intricacies of the foster care and legal systems can be overwhelming. In response to this, some states have created handbooks for birth parents to help guide them through the process.
- Children and Youth in Foster Care
Youth in foster care are becoming increasingly aware of their own potential to effect change for themselves personally and within the system. One avenue that allows them to learn more about their own rights and responsibilities, and that can lead to empowerment for them, is the use of handbooks written for and about young people in care.
- Foster Parents
When foster parents take children into their homes, the children don't come with instruction manuals, but a foster care handbook from the agency is the next best thing. Most handbooks include explanations of the foster care system and the legal system as it relates to foster care, agency rules, what to expect from the children, whom to contact in various situations, what to do in case of emergency, and how to deal with birth family issues.
- Kinship Caregivers
In the event that a child must be separated from his/her parents’ care, it is imperative that family connections are preserved for that child. One way to ensure that this occurs is through placement of children or youth in a home with a kinship caregiver. This webpage lists handbooks that assist kinship caregivers in navigating the child welfare system, provide answers to common questions, and list available resources.
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