ERIC Number: ED407161
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Children Who Lose Their Parents to HIV/AIDS: Agency Guidelines for Adoptive and Kinship Placement.
Across the United States and world, children who lose their parents to HIV/AIDS are one of the fasted emerging groups affected by this epidemic. Increasingly, child welfare and family service agencies are helping infected parents to secure legal and permanent care arrangements for their children. These guidelines address the issues of placing children who lose their parents to HIV/AIDS with kin and with adoptive families. The guidelines are intended to help child welfare agencies develop culturally-competent, comprehensive kinship care and adoption services that respond to the needs of parents who are HIV infected, of children who lose their parents to HIV/AIDS, and of subsequent caregivers. The guidelines are set out in six chapters: (1) "Preparing for the Provision of Placement Services"; (2) "Outreach to and Support Services for Biological Parents and Other Caregivers Who Are HIV Positive"; (3) "Selecting Kin and Recruiting Adoptive Families"; (4) "Preparing Families and Children for Placement"; (5) "Postplacement Support Services"; and (6) "Advocacy and Collaboration." Ten appendices include a list of child welfare agencies working with HIV-affected families, by state; a list of Family Builders Network members; a description of financial assistance programs; a list of summer camps for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS; a suggested reading list; and a resource list of national organizations. (EAJ)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Adoption, Caregiver Child Relationship, Child Welfare, Children, Cultural Background, Death, Family Counseling, Family (Sociological Unit), Kinship, Outreach Programs, Parent Child Relationship, Placement, Social Agencies, Social Support Groups, Terminal Illness
Child Welfare League of America, Inc., c/o CSSC, P.O. Box 7816, Edison, NJ 08818-7816; phone: 800-407-6273; fax: 908-417-1744 (Stock No. 6312, $21.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Prudential Foundation, Newark, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Child Welfare League of America, Inc., Washington, DC.