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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

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

iveygibb's picture

iveygibb said:

I would explain permanence to them by talking with them about unconditional love and support for a lifetime.
gkjackjr1's picture

gkjackjr1 said:

I would also explain it as a way of always keeping in contact because everyone needs someone in there life for support
gkjackjr1's picture

gkjackjr1 said:

A permanence plan pact is a great idea for youth transitioning. I believe is a great tool for all children, even those that have not been in foster care
gkjackjr1's picture

gkjackjr1 said:

Family should be an unbreakable bond
Kim.b.dever's picture

Kim.b.dever said:

Permanency is what you feel with any number of people who are supportive and caring. They are the people who are there no matter what. It may be a teacher, pastor, friend, parent, or anyone who will give you a hand up.
Nataki41's picture

Nataki41 said:

Permanency means a lifelong commitment to the child from the adoptive or foster family.
joshuamci's picture

joshuamci said:

Permanence is creating a lifelong emotional bond and basis of trust and support.
lrarlm's picture

lrarlm said:

Permanence is having the emotional connections you need from your family, friends, and community.
lraram's picture

lraram said:

permanence is a sense of belonging that all people--no matter where they come from--deserve within their family and society.
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tadisney said:

family that is there for you no matter what.