The Adoption Project: Charting a Decade of Change

The Adoption Project: Charting a Decade of Change
February 1, 2009 Stuart Foundation

The Adoption Project, formed in 1997, is an unprecedented partnership of the Los Angeles Juvenile Dependency Court, Lost Angeles County Department of Children and Families Services (DCFS), and two Los Angeles-based child advocacy organizations, The Alliance for Children’s Rights and Public Counsel Law Center. This collaboration was initiated to reduce the number of children waiting for adoption in Los Angeles County’s foster care system, the largest in the nation.  The collaboration that formed the Adoption Project would take on the responsibility for creating fundamental system reform, shifting the attitude toward permanency and creating a process that could support that necessary change.

The history of the Adoption Project was written to assist others in their efforts to secure the path to legal permanency for foster children.