An Adoptive Family for Andrea: Using the Lifelong Families Model

Posted February 12, 2013, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

How can frontline workers in child welfare help connect older children to adoptive families? The Casey Foundation has demonstrated a promising approach.

This video provides an inside look at the central component of the Lifelong Families Model — Permanency Teaming — while highlighting how the team discussion addresses other core components of the model.

By watching clips from a live large team meeting, viewers learn how the team addresses Andrea's need to remain connected to her birth family while preparing her and her new parents for adoption.

The video also contains excerpts from an individual meeting between Andrea and her private-agency social worker prior to the large team meeting, as well as interviews with her birth mother, birth sister, state social worker and other members of her Permanency Team.

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