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  • After it has been decided that a child cannot safely be reunified with his or her birth parent(s), child welfare agencies typically pursue adoption options. In Washington State and across the country, adoption is the second most common permanency outcome (after reunification).

  • Youth who are not provided optimal opportunities to thrive or are put in potentially unsafe environments are considered at-risk. These youth often face more life challenges than their peers, which can impact their lives as adults.