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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

Watch and read how the Juvenile Law Center in Pennsylvania and its "Youth Fostering Change" program developed a "youth-perspective" toolkit for child welfare professionals that helps youth in care achieve permanency. 

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

Aedmond's picture

Aedmond said:

I myself let everyone that comes through my door know I'm here for them for ever.
StephAnne's picture

StephAnne said:

I think the problem around permeance isn't that people give up on the kids, they give up on the system and the kids are the ones who suffer. It's easy to say we'll be there for kids even when not placed with us and we mean it but it becomes too easy for people to lose contact and kids become disillusioned.
EllenArwen's picture

EllenArwen said:

I am someone they can count on to be there for them whenever needed for whatever they need.
Rmatthews's picture

Rmatthews said:

That I will support them even when they are out of care.
G.Brown's picture

G.Brown said:

Ill always be there to support you in or out of care
ShaaleenAP's picture

ShaaleenAP said:

I will always let them know I am here for them.
rhiannon's picture

rhiannon said:

I would explain permanence to my foster kids as they will always have a place with me no matter what and I will always be here for them.
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maytammy said:

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kyleeann6868@gm... said:

I would explain permanence to my foster youth as support for their success and the committment for a lifetime. That could be elaborated on with examples of support through the passing on of knowledge (banking practices, financial education, how to apply for a car loan, build credit, etc), providing a safe space for routine activities and conversations (a place to spend the night even when they are an adult and need it, place to do laundry, someone to help with cooking and healthy grocery shopping,etc), and ways to promote success in their own future (related to college, buying a home, raising a child, finding a career).
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Jeanne said:

I agree that have some one permanent in your life is important , and can be scary for the Foster youth as well as the Adult taking on the responsibility because of wondering if we will be doing it well enough to help make a difference in their life.