Welcome to the CYFS ADOPTIVE PARENT RESOURCE page. Thanks to your feedback, we are now able to offer another way to keep our current clients in touch with adoption topics, current trainings, trends and more. We are excited to share this with you as it is one more way we can strengthen our connection with you, our adoptive clients.
Read a personal welcome letter from the Director of Licensing and Adoption, Mary Kay Collins.
Changes in Adoption Practice in the State of Illinois
You have heard us say this at our orientation and infant-parent trainings, one of our adoption program goals at CYFS is to stay contemporary, and ensure adoption practice is responsive to the needs of the children and families we serve.
With that in mind, we are very excited to announce the changes to the Child Care Act of 1969, which among other things, governs many adoption policies and procedures in the State of Illinois. Last August, House Bill 4641 was signed into law. This bill essentially removes the foster care licensing requirement for families who are not adopting a youth in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services. Simply put, if you are in our Infant Adoption program and do not desire to adopt a child who is in the foster care system, you no longer are required to apply for and maintain a foster family home license. This law went into effect on January 1, 2017.
During the month of January, letters were sent out to our current Infant Adoption Program clients to inform them of the law. Additionally, your Adoption Specialist has been providing information to you regarding how to surrender your licensing in good standing. While the foster care license will no longer be required, homes in our Infant Adoption program will be required to meet the adopt only standards set forth by HB4641 and of course the requirements of our agency.
Cheers for 5 years!
On March 1st, 2017, the Center for Youth and Family Solutions celebrated our fifth anniversary. During the past 5 years, our adoption staff, in partnership with our foster care team and crisis pregnancy counselors, our adoptive parents and foster parents have been able to provide quality care for children needing a forever family. Taking time to look back at our past helps us commit to our future. Our adoption program and the agency has pledged to become a truly trauma-informed agency. CYFS embraces the belief that trauma-informed care is essential to improving the health and well being of those we serve. As an agency, we embrace the belief that trauma-informed care is essential to improving health and well-being. We know providing trauma-informed care involves providing our birth parents and adoptive parents with training to help develop an understanding of the impact of trauma on the adoption triad.
In order to keep you current with trends and topics important to adoption, we will post information we hope you find helpful. This posting considers some ideas about the waiting process. Please contact Mary Kay Collins or your adoption specialist to share your thoughts and provide feedback.
In addition to the traditional adoption programs offered by The Center for Youth and Family Solutions, we also assist prospective parents with embryo adoption. To learn more about embryo adoption, talk to your Adoption Specialist or go to Where Do Frozen Embryos Come From.
Interstate adoptions refer to adoption that occurs across state lines. Interstate adoptions are governed by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children or ICPC process. The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is a statutory agreement between all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.
The agreement governs the placement of children from one state into another state. It sets forth the requirements that must be met before a child can be placed out of state.
The Compact ensures prospective placements are safe and suitable before approval, and it ensures that the individual or entity placing the child remains legally and financially responsible for the child following placement. Essentially, each state must be aware of the adoption of the child and an assessment must be done to ensure the child will be safe and well cared for before the child will be allowed to leave one state and enter another.
If the infant is born out of the State of Illinois, it is very likely that the prospective adoptive parents will need to travel to the state the child was born in and stay in that state with the child until they are given permission to exit the state. If a family from another state is traveling to Illinois to adopt a child born in Illinois, they will be required to stay in Illinois until the ICPC process is completed and approved. That process can take anywhere from 10 to 30 days. If you are working with a birth mother or an agency out of the state of Illinois, you will want to talk to your adoption specialist to make sure you understand the complexities of an out of state adoption.
AWC and Trauma-Informed Care
Childhood trauma is significant to children who have been in foster care. Adoptive parents in our AWC program must be able to understand the child’s trauma in order to offer them the opportunity to heal. To learn more about childhood trauma, go to https://www.cyfsolutions.org/becoming-trauma-informed-foster-parents/
Other Trauma-Informed Links
Trauma-informed Practice – Child Welfare Information Gateway https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/responding/trauma/
Secondary Trauma in Adoptive Parents http://www.amysugenocounseling.com/secondary-trauma-in-adoptive-parents/
Foster/Adoptive Caregiver Connections Newsletter
DCFS Adoptive Parent Training Approval Letter
The CYFS Adoptive Parent Trainings are geared to prepare prospective adoptive parents for the lifelong adoption commitment. These trainings were developed to give the prospective adoptive parent knowledge and awareness so informed decisions can be made for themselves and their families. The Department of Children and Family Services in Illinois has reviewed these trainings and approved them as meeting the requirements set forth by the DCFS Rule and Procedure 401.520. Click here to view the Adoptive Parent Training DCFS Approval Letter.