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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

Cheferin84's picture

Cheferin84 said:

Permanent is a way for our youth to know that no matter what life throws at them whether good or bad, they will always have someone to back them up and support them.
craigstephens's picture

craigstephens said:

Permanence is a forever relationship that nurtures safety, love, reliability, acceptance, unconditionally always.
Lmcelheny's picture

Lmcelheny said:

Unconditional love and commitment -
km16471's picture

km16471 said:

Permanency means you are my family and I am yours. I am here for you always, to help you navigate life. I love you unconditionally and will be a part of your life forever.
demshickjr's picture

demshickjr said:

You are now a resident in your permanent home.
mldemshick's picture

mldemshick said:

Permanency is the culminating result of stability and a sense of closure, knowing that you are in a supportive forever home.
Joenangel14's picture

Joenangel14 said:

Permanency is a forever relationship
joenangel's picture

joenangel said:

Permanency is having the feeling of belonging
Laurama's picture

Laurama said:

Permanency is the least we can do for our kids to give them meaningful connections throughout their life.
kcarden2's picture

kcarden2 said:

Permanency means the people you are going to live with until you grow up and become an adult.