Adoption and Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care 

This brief by Generations United with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption focuses on adoption and guardianship for children in kinship foster care, so that these children can exit foster care into permanent families (2018). 


NEWLY UPDATED National Comparison Chart:  Adoption and Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care ​

This chart by Generations United with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is designed to help kinship foster parents compare adoption and guardianship as two options that you and the children in your care can pursue to exit foster care and create permanent families (updated 2021). 



This website has information about kids waiting to be adopted, the process for adoption and some post adoption information.  It is not directed at kinship caregivers who are adopting, but some of the information may be helpful.


Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute  

Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that was founded in 2001 by advocates of children in the U.S. and around the world in need of families. 

This website has quite a bit on policy issues and post adoption needs and research.  


​Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

This Foundation is dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes and loving families for children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Created by Wendy’s® founder Dave Thomas who was adopted, the Foundation implements evidence-based, results-driven national service programs, foster care adoption awareness campaigns and innovative grantmaking.


Kinship Adoption: Meeting the Unique Needs of a Growing Population
This brief by ChildFocus and North American Council on Adoptable Children focuses on the needs of children who are adopted by their relatives. It addresses why kinship adoption is on the rise, how kinship adoption differs from other adoptions, and what policies and practices agencies can consider to achieve successful kinship adoptions (2010).


North American Council on Adoptable Children 
Find specific eligibility, benefit, funding, and other characteristics for each state’s adoption subsidy program. There is also a chart that compares the major aspects of states' adoption assistance programs. 


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