05 March 2019

Post adoption and guardianship support

This paper considers the types of post‐permanency support needed for children  in  foster or adoptive families and  the longer term support for children and their families when children are returned home. Research evidence shows that the  availability of post‐permanency support is an important consideration for the pursuit of adoption or guardianship for children in care. Further, the amount and quality of support is a factor in permanency adjustment and stability. Early therapeutic intervention may be particularly beneficial for young children as it may prevent negative behaviours from becoming entrenched and destructive. Also children’s needs change over time, so the need for, and access to, support services should be periodically reviewed and adjusted according to the child's development and any emergent issues.