Adoption & Permanency

TXICFW believes permanency is a lifelong process. Efforts to ensure successful adoptions should emphasize prevention of disruption and dissolution and properly prepare and support families pre-adoption and early in the adoption or guardianship transition. Adoption services should focus on key risk and protective factors which holistically address conditions that influence placement stability and continuity. We believe successful adoptions are created when services are provided on a continuum that supports the child when they first enter the child welfare system to finalized adoption and guardianship. Learn more about our adoption & permanency work:

Current Projects

Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP)

Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (txpop)

The Texas Permanency Outcomes Project (TXPOP) develops sustainable best practices utilized by child welfare agencies across Texas to connect children to their birth families, regardless of their permanency outcome. TXPOP is a project of the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing and the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies, in collaboration with the… Read more »

Texas Youth Permanency Study

Texas Youth Permanency Study

The Texas Youth Permanency Study (TYPS) examines the long-term outcomes and opportunities of youth in the Texas Foster Care System. Specifically, the study seeks to understand the quality of relationships developed by youth in care and identify factors that help youth sustain strong and supportive relationships when they exit out of foster care. Relational permanency… Read more »

Completed Projects

Helping Youth in Care Feel Connected and Empowered

Screen Shot 2021 10 06 at 10.50.56 AM

By Alix Mammina In 2019, our researchers launched a five-year study following youth in foster care as they enter adulthood. Our interim report from the first year of the Texas Foster Youth Permanency Study (TYPS) centers the voices of youth participants and fills critical knowledge gaps about what helps youth in care thrive in emerging… Read more »

National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption & Guardianship Support & Preservation

National Quality Improvement Center For Adoption & Guardianship Support & Preservation

The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) was a five-year project working with eight sites that implemented evidence-based interventions or developed and tested promising practices to achieve long-term, stable permanence in adoptive and guardianship homes. Final QIC-AG Report The final report for the National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption… Read more »