Beyond Permanency Symposium and Journal

The Beyond Permanency: Challenges for Former Foster Youth, and Legal Reform Symposium, held at New York Law School on October 23, 2015, focused on issues facing former foster youth post-adoption. Topics included broken adoptions, which occur when adoptions of foster youth are disrupted or dissolved; rights of siblings to visitation after adoption occurs; and adoption subsidies. The Children’s Law Center conducted the day-long symposium in partnership with the Abbey Institute and other agencies and organizations, including: Lawyers for Children, the Legal Aid Society, the New York City Administration for Children’s Services and New York City Family Court.

The program for the symposium may be found here.

The full video recording of the symposium may be found here.



The journal Beyond Permanency One Year Later: Looking Back, Looking Forward may be found here. This 2016 journal includes articles by New York Law School students as well as practitioners. The articles discuss the symposium; changes that have been implemented since the symposium, including new legislation concerning sibling visitation for youth placed in or adopted from foster care; and recommendations for future reforms to address broken adoptions. The journal is a joint project of the Abbey Institute and The Children’s Law Center.





Panel Materials

9:25 am – 10:15 am “Learning Through Data”

CLE Materials | Presentation Symposium Video

10:15 am -11:30 am “The Revolving Door”

CLE Materials | Presentation Symposium Video

11:40 am – 12:40 pm “Be A Voice”

Symposium Video

2:10 pm – 3:25 pm “Are You Still My Family? Post-Adoption Sibling Visitation”

CLE Materials | Presentation Symposium Video

3:35 pm – 4:50 pm “Understanding the Adoption Subsidy Conundrum”

CLE Materials Symposium Video

4:50 pm – 5:15 pm “Improving Permanency Outcomes Through Law Practice Reform: The Time for Change is Now!”

CLE Materials Symposium Video


Moderator and Panelist Bios