Course Summary

For a young person in foster care, having permanence means stability and reliable, supportive lifelong connections. All youth in foster care need it. Understanding permanency and the Permanency Pact described in this course can give you confidence as you guide your foster youth towards building and strengthening relationships with supportive people in their life.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • The importance of permanency in the life of a foster youth
  • How young people in foster care think about permanency
  • The different types of permanent relationships and understand their roles
  • The difference between positive and negative supports
  • Several ways a transitioning youth could benefit from the support of an adult
  • How to brainstorm a list of prospective Permanency Pact adults
  • How to access and create a Permanency Pact
  • Permanency comes with responsibility from all people involved – including the youth

Step 1

Watch the video, What Does Permanency Mean?, developed by Nebraska Children and Families Foundation to gain insight into what permanency means to foster youth:

Step 2

Review the Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau’s interview regarding permanency with a FosterClub Young Leader - Amber Finet - from the Children’s Bureau Express.

Step 3

Review the FosterClub Permanency Pact. The Pact is designed to help foster youth identify supportive adult connections which will continue to provide positive supports through and beyond the transition from care. As a foster parent, you can introduce a young person to this tool and help them identify those continuing supports in an effort to build a strong support network.

Step 4

Hear Brondalyn share her views on the importance of having emotional connections to foster family, friends and community supports.

Step 5

Review the following post written about the Permanency Pact by an Independent Living Outreach Specialist at Children’s Aid Society, Ebone Watkins.

Step 6

Review the article, "Legal and Relational Permanence in Older Foster Care Youths", from Social Work Today.

Step 7

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

How would you explain permanence to your foster youth?

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Course Discussion

dreeves's picture

dreeves said:

a forever family with unconditional love support and patience a warm home with lots fun times making memories
Dhinton's picture

Dhinton said:

Unconditional love from all parties in the relationship!
Kevin Welch's picture

Kevin Welch said:

I thought it was very interesting when the young lady said they loved me even when I wouldn't let them. Since we have been fostering primarily troubled teens that rings o so true.
Blair's picture

Blair said:

I would describe permanence as a family who is there for you your whole life. A place to spend Christmas and Thanksgiving. A place to bring kids of your own when you have them.
Blair's picture

Blair said:

I would describe permanence as a family who is there for you your whole life. A place to spend Christmas and Thanksgiving. A place to bring kids of your own when you have them.
Calesfamily511's picture

Calesfamily511 said:

Permanency means you will always have a place to call home, a base of support for any questions, and for unconditional love.
ajoanne's picture

ajoanne said:

permanency is life long...a family that will always be there through the good and bad times.
nryan206's picture

nryan206 said:

Having a family that will be there for you forever. A stable mom and dad that will support you for the rest of your life, no matter what. A place you can always 'come home to'.
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lmcurry said:

I would describe permanency to youth as 1) Having a long lasting relationship where multiple supports are provided and can be counted on 2) If desired, there can be a legal or written commitment to permanency.
CarolineShafer's picture

CarolineShafer said:

I would describe permanency as having a supportive adult who loves and cares for you. An adult/family that is there for you and treats you as if you are blood.