Homes for Black Children: Final Evaluation Report. Field Initiated Service Demonstration Project in the Adoption Field Improving Permanency Outcomes through Open Adoptions October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2010. Children's Bureau Grant Number: 90CO1018.
Homes for Black Children.
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This final report describes the activities and accomplishments of a 5-year federally funded program designed to facilitate permanency through openness in adoption for foster children ages 11 and above in the Metropolitan Detroit area. Project Family Ties was a collaborative effort between Homes for Black Children, the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange, and Kinship (an interagency recruitment collaborative of 25 agencies serving children in Detroit). The project's model consisted of six components: recruiting foster and pre-adoptive families, training foster families and pre-adoptive families on permanency and open adoption, life enrichment for youth in foster care and adoption, a multi-disciplinary team approach to permanency planning for individual youth, youth mentorship and leadership development, and adoption placement. The project has resulted in 186 youth referrals, and the placement of 125 youth. Foster parents and relatives are adopting the greatest numbers of youth, and large sibling groups are a significant portion of the population which sometimes necessitates siblings being split between adoptive families. Even with the splitting of the sib-groups, however, sibling relationships are maintained through monthly life enrichment activities, face to face interaction, and an annual family reunion. Barriers and challenges in the implementation of the project are discussed, as well as lessons learned and recommendations for future programs.
African Americans; foster care; foster children; older children; foster adolescents; Michigan; permanency