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Course Summary

Welcome to a course designed to help foster parents and caregivers regarding permanency for foster youth. In this course you will learn that Permanency comes in many different shapes and sizes, and that different people can provide different types of permanency for foster youth. We believe permanence is vital to a foster youth’s success in life, therefore we plan on expanding on this topic with future courses.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • The federal definition of permanency
  • Statistics for permanency outcomes
  • Your role in helping children establish permanence
  • Youth perspective about permanence and build skills to speak to youth about permanence

Step 1

Read this FosterClub Real Story written by Aaron Weaver explaining how achieving permanency can make a significant contribution to a young person’s time spent in care.

Step 2

Read "Permanency: More Than Just Homes". The article was written for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers, but contains relevant and valuable information for foster parents and caregivers

Step 3

Read pages 1-5 of "Court Hearings for the Permanent Placement of Children" from the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

Step 4

Review the National Foster Youth Advisory Council's (NFYAC), a group of young leaders who have experienced foster care, top ten recommendations for Ensuring Permanency for Youth in the Foster Care.

Step 5

Young people have a need for permanence even after they leave foster care. Read "You don't age out of family", a blog written by Julia Charles, a #FosterClubLeader.

Step 6

Join the discussion in the comments below to answer the following question:

Do you think foster parents need to pay most attention to the federal definition of permanency or the youths' definition? Why?

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Course Discussion

BBradford15's picture

BBradford15 said:

Paying attention to both is important. Knowing the federal definitions and guidelines make it easier for the legal process and to help guide kids along that. Learning the youths permanence definition is important as wel because that looks different for all children. Some embrace it and it becomes a blessing whereas others defy and do not accept the permanency that may come in there journey.
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Bdean said:

I believe it's important to pay attention to both, to make you a better advocate educator for the youth.
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simmonsb62 said:

As a brand new foster parent, it is very important to understand both, the federal definition of permanency and the youths' definition. When I first heard the term, "permanency," I immediately thought, "Forever Family." That the child has either been reunited with their birth family or adopted. Not until learning about foster care and the roles and importance of having compassionate, committed adults who are willing to be lifelong connections, did I truly understand permanency. Permanency is the responsibility of everyone involved in a foster child's life.
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HeatherMarie said:

I believe it is important to understand both the legal aspects and the needs and desires of the young person. I appreciate all of the courageous young men and women who teach us what it is like to be a foster child in the system and how hard it is when they age out of the system.
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G.Brown said:

Its important to learn and listen
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kmbogue said:

In my opinion, foster parents need to take it upon themselves to understand how permanency is defined at the federal and state level as well as by the youth and the youths team. This can make a world of difference to ensure the implicit is explicit and can lead to important discussions.
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rhiannon said:

I believe foster parents need to pay attention to both federal definition of permanency and the youths' definition. You need to know all the aspects of the fostering system and to make sure the voices are heard from the youths' side since we are their best advocate.
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GenB said:

I think more weight needs to be given to what a child needs or what is in the child’s best interest vs complying with a governmental ruling which may are may not be appropriate for that child’s situation.
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srtilton said:

An either or question. I care about the children in my home to be there as long as they want, need, and be loved. I expect them to be as permanent as possible.
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vcox said:

It's extremely important to listen to the thoughts and needs of foster youth.