Keeping the Promise Adoption/Subsidized Guardian Preservation Services

Scientific Rating:
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Keeping the Promise Adoption/Subsidized Guardian Preservation Services has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Post-Permanency Services, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Adoptive or Subsidized Guardianship families having children in the home under age 18, who have experienced abuse and neglect in their birth homes; these children generally have Reactive Attachment Disorder as well as a multitude of other mental health issues

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

Keeping the Promise is provided by The Baby Fold, not-for-profit organization affiliated with The United Methodist Church and is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Keeping the Promise is a program available to any family with a child under 18 years of age who is presenting a special challenge and joined the family through adoption or subsidized guardianship. Keeping the Promise provides mental health counseling and support to adoptive/guardianship families residing within over 20 counties in Central Illinois. In-home therapy services are provided to families on an approximately weekly basis. The program also offers weekend camp services to children ages 6-14. Camp is staffed with teacher/therapists from Baby Fold’s school for children with behavioral, emotional, learning, and autism spectrum disorders. Support groups and therapy are also provided as client groups/needs are identified as well as psychoeducation classes such as Trust-Based Relational Intervention classes for parents. Often when families seek services they are contemplating dissolving their adoption or guardianship. Services are intended to provide support to keep the family intact.

Program Goals:

The primary goal of Keeping the Promise Adoption/Subsidized Guardian Preservation Services is:

  • Keep adopted families intact

Essential Components

The essential components of Keeping the Promise Adoption/Subsidized Guardian Preservation Services include:

  • In-home individual and family therapy
  • Respite weekend camp
  • Support groups for parents, children, and teenagers or “Family Fun Night” activities
  • Advocacy with schools and other community resources like child care, medical, educational, and psychological services
  • 24-hour crisis counseling
  • Resource library for families and professionals
  • Referral services
  • Parent training focused on developing a therapeutic parenting style, using the Trust-Based Relational Intervention parenting program when working with attachment disordered children

Child/Adolescent Services

Keeping the Promise Adoption/Subsidized Guardian Preservation Services directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • Reactive attachment dsorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, sensory integration problems, and/or autism spectrum disorders

Parent/Caregiver Services

Keeping the Promise Adoption/Subsidized Guardian Preservation Services directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:

  • Parenting an adopted child with history of abuse or neglect

Delivery Setting

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Adoptive Home


Keeping the Promise Adoption/Subsidized Guardian Preservation Services includes a homework component:

Literature, audio CDs, DVDs, Theraplay activities, journaling assignments, etc., to be completed between sessions and with follow-up at next session


Keeping the Promise Adoption/Subsidized Guardian Preservation Services does not have materials available in a language other than English.

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • Offices in a central location, equipped with computers & phones
  • Occasional available meeting space at the agency (most sessions in client's home)

    Minimum Provider Qualifications

    Master's Degree in Psychology, Social Work, or related field plus 2 years post-graduate experience

    Education and Training Resources

    There is not a manual that describes how to implement this program; but there is training available for this program.

    Training Contact:
    • Jeanne Howard, Co-Director
      Illinois State University Center for Adoption Studies

      phone: (309) 438-8503
    Training is obtained:

    Informal consultation with training materials available from the Illinois State University Center for Adoption Studies

    Number of days/hours:

    Varies with program

    Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

    This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

    Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

    Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Keeping the Promise Adoption/Subsidized Guardian Preservation Services.


    Zosky, D. L., Howard, J. A., Smith, S. L., Howard, A. M., & Shelvin, K. H. (2005).  Investing in adoptive families: What adoptive families tell us regarding the benefits of adoption preservation services.  Adoption Quarterly, 8(3), 1-23.

    Contact Information

    Name: Kathleen Bush, LCPC
    Agency/Affiliation: The Baby Fold
    Phone: (309) 557-1066
    Fax: (309) 454-9257

    Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2015

    Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2017

    Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: February 2009