(KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has been selected as one of eight sites to participate in a five-year initiative to improve services for adoptive and guardianship families.
Each of the partner sites will select and test an evidence-supported intervention designed to help ensure the success of permanent placements through adoption or guardianship.
The interventions will focus on improving services not only for families preparing for adoption or guardianship, but also for families and children after the adoption or guardianship is finalized.
"We recognize that even after an adoption or a guardianship had been finalized, some children and families still need to receive assistance," said George H. Sheldon, Acting Director of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. "So we are honored to have been selected for this initiative to help us improve the services we offer to children and the families who have permanently welcomed those children into their homes"
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is joining with the National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) in their efforts to find the most effective ways to support adoptive and guardianship families.
The QIC-AG will provide the department with financial resources, technical assistance, and guidance from the QIC-AG Partnership Team, which includes experts from Spaulding for Children, the University of Texas at Austin, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Children's Bureau.
The QIC-AG initiative will identify which programs and services are the most effective in supporting adoption and guardianship families, and help to replicate them to child welfare systems across the country.