A Study of Barriers to the Placement of Foster Care Children in Permanent Homes

June 1995 / Abell-Supported Research / Health and Human Services

Recommendations for how to decrease the amount of time children stay in foster care and increase both the number of children who are adopted and the speed in which they are adopted.

Written by Sally Millemann of Advocates for Children and Youth, this report is about children in foster care, many of whom are awaiting adoption and the considerable barriers to adoption. This report documents the impermanent, unpredictable and transitory lives that these children live. Many suffer irreparable damage as a result of this impermanence. They live without the love and support that are essential to produce happy and productive adults. Many live in circumstances that have been found to produce dysfunctional behaviors.