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

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

bethanc12's picture

bethanc12 said:

Permanency is the feeling that no matter what you have a place to land and people to "land with".
TheJLedQ35's picture

TheJLedQ35 said:

Permanency is having the support you need to always be willing to provide help in any way possible- unconditional love
Desiree9157's picture

Desiree9157 said:

I would explain that it means providing a child with unconditional love even if they are not your biological child as well as providing them with a safe, healthy environment as well as providing them with the encouragement and love a child needs from a parent in order to succeed in life and know that they are not alone and that you are not going to leave.
Desiree9157's picture

Desiree9157 said:

for me.. it means providing a child with unconditional love even if they are not your biological child as well as providing them with a safe, healthy environment as well as providing them with the encouragement and love a child needs from a parent in order to succeed in life and know that they are not alone and that you are not going to leave.
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lpumel said:

I would explain permanency as a place, a person that is there no matter what, unconditional love, no matter what you do or don't do, I will always. always be there for you. Provide that place that no matter where you have been, or where you go, or how long you have been away, when you walk in the door, no judgement, only love, acceptance, a place you belong, always. your heart is my heart, our heart is home.
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mromanrn1975 said:

knowing that you will always have someone who loves you unconditionally and you can count on.
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kimblumenthal said:

It is a lifetime bond and commitment with unconditional love and understanding that things will never be perfect, that you have to hang in there through the good and bad times, that the home will always be a home for them and ththeir children, and that you will always be there for them, no matter what. The permanency pact let's them have some say and control.
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tamullins said:

Permanence is a lifetime commitment to open your heart and your home to a youth to give them a forever family connection.
fullypacled01's picture

fullypacled01 said:

I agree. It is a lifetime bond with unconditional love and understanding that things will never be perfect, that you have to hang in there through the good and bad times, that the home will always be a home for them and their children, and that you will always be there for them, no matter what
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fullypacled01 said:

I agree. It is a lifetime bond with unconditional love and understanding that things will never be perfect, that you have to hang in there through the good and bad times, that the home will always be a home for them and their children, and that you will always be there for them, no matter what