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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

Pennywin's picture

Pennywin said:

someone you ca trust and rely on to help you do life
GooberDad's picture

GooberDad said:

A plan for their future
jesikad01's picture

jesikad01 said:

security, loves, stability, family.
curleymurphy's picture

curleymurphy said:

Permanency is a feeling between two individuals, blood or not, where you know that you have that person in your corner unconditionally. That person is their for you in the long run, and will support you offering stability, support, and love. Having only had small children in my home, this was eye opening. Delving deeper and thinking from the child's perspective and meeting their needs and not just checking the box.
acrosst's picture

acrosst said:

Permanency is having unconditional love, always.
SLBowman's picture

SLBowman said:

If I were the supportive adult, I would explain "Permanency" to my "Youth" as a family bond without the bloodline. It's the thing we all need, that sometimes we don't think we need. It's having someone who loves you, supports your dreams, encourages your visions, holds your hand, and guides you when you have no direction. IT'S THE I'M HERE FOR YOU, FOREVER!!!!
Caroline Miner's picture

Caroline Miner said:

Permanence means having someone in your corner forever. Doesn't matter if we are legally related. I will be there for you.
melissakh's picture

melissakh said:

Permanency is the security of having a "forever family" that will be there for you, no matter how the circumstances may change. Having someone to love and care for you, no matter what.
juliawildman's picture

juliawildman said:

Permanence means having someone forever. Just like a biological family.
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castledwight said:

Permanence is offering a secure and stable home, lifestyle, and environment for a child no matter what happens. Everyone wants to feel loved and accepted even when things get difficult and the prospect of permanence offers that hope.