Credit hours:
3.00

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

mimartin53's picture

mimartin53 said:

I would tell them that permanecy means that I would always be there fror them no matter what the circumstances. They could rely on me for the love, care ,and support they needed throughout their lives. I will guide them, laught with them and cry with them on their journey through life.
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Cherokee48 said:

I would let them know that they will have stability, love, attention,patience and understanding. That they will always be cared for and have a go.e to come to.
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rmartinez said:

Permanence means having a place where you can go, where you can feel loved and safe
bclickwar's picture

bclickwar said:

I would let them know its what is best for them and I will always be here for them no matter what
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GMorgan said:

Permanency is support, stability and a place to call home.
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BillandAmyLittl... said:

Having had previous foster children who either aged out or returned to their biological families after leaving foster care, we talk about permanency as they can still contact us any time day/night and we will help them no matter how old they get. Several of them now have children of their own and they live states away from us, yet we get the middle of the night phones calls, text messages, instant messages on Facebook that they have questions or need ideas on how to deal with things. We travel to see them as if they were still in our care and treat them still as our children and part of our family, and their children as our grandchildren now. Permanency is that they will always have a place in your heart and mind and you will always remember them and think of them. They need to know that as much as you have impacted their lives, they will continue to impact yours. Remind them that even as they are grown, you are thankful for meeting them and being able to be a part of their lives. Family isn't blood, family is choice and we choose to remain linked to our family no matter how old, mature, or physically far away from us they are. Those kids have impacted our lives too and we are grateful for them.
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mullen0928 said:

It is a place not only to call home but it is a safe haven, a place to feel love, get stability, and most of all a place to be yourself.
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kaylado91 said:

I would explain permanency to a youth by explaining that they would have a permanent home to always come home too. They would have somewhere they can feel safe and secure and know that no matter what they do, they will always be loved.
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lizcasement said:

I would tell a young person in foster care that permanence means you have at least one adult that you know you can depend on regardless of your circumstances, emotions or mistakes. Permanence is marked by unconditional love and acceptance from a family, which can be one parent, two parents and/or an entire army of biological, adopted or foster siblings, aunts and uncles!
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aweaver said:

Permanence means you have an adult or entire family who is there for you no matter what. They provide advice, share meals with you, listen to you, celebrate with you, and support you in all your endeavors. You have their unconditional love, even when you mess up or don't give it back in return.