Credit hours:
2.00

Course Summary

Welcome to a course designed to help foster parents and caregivers regarding permanency for foster youth. In this course you will learn that Permanency comes in many different shapes and sizes, and that different people can provide different types of permanency for foster youth. We believe permanence is vital to a foster youth’s success in life, therefore we plan on expanding on this topic with future courses.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • The federal definition of permanency
  • Statistics for permanency outcomes
  • Your role in helping children establish permanence
  • Youth perspective about permanence and build skills to speak to youth about permanence

Step 1

Read this FosterClub Real Story written by Aaron Weaver explaining how achieving permanency can make a significant contribution to a young person’s time spent in care.

Step 2

Read "Permanency: More Than Just Homes". The article was written for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers, but contains relevant and valuable information for foster parents and caregivers

Step 3

Read pages 1-5 of "Court Hearings for the Permanent Placement of Children" from the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

Step 4

Review the National Foster Youth Advisory Council's (NFYAC), a group of young leaders who have experienced foster care, top ten recommendations for Ensuring Permanency for Youth in the Foster Care.

Step 5

Young people have a need for permanence even after they leave foster care. Read "You don't age out of family", a blog written by Julia Charles, a #FosterClubLeader.

Step 6

Join the discussion in the comments below to answer the following question:

Do you think foster parents need to pay most attention to the federal definition of permanency or the youths' definition? Why?

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Course Discussion

1Overcame's picture

1Overcame said:

Foster parents are guided by Federal and state employees to ensure they comply with Federal regulations and guidelines. Yet they have to choose each day to provide stability and permanence for the children in their care. A balance of both is needed, providing the child with the very best outcome.
deybarry01's picture

deybarry01 said:

You have to pay attention to the law as well as to the youth. In the end you have to be the voice of the child sharing what they feel they need for the future.
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christirooroo said:

Of course the federal definition is important; however, my number one concern is for the child. It is very important to listen to them and help them through the process as best I can. At this point in their lives, this might be the only time they have had an actual voice.
adowd416's picture

adowd416 said:

As licensed foster parents, we obviously have to listen to the law. Thankfully, in this situation, the definitions are similar. That being said, the feelings and consideration of the child should always be the top priority. As their caretakers, we should always advocate for what is best for them.
adowd416's picture

adowd416 said:

As licensed foster parents, we obviously have to listen to the law. Thankfully, in this situation, the definitions are similar. That being said, the feelings and consideration of the child should always be the top priority. As their caretakers, we should always advocate for what is best for them.
Toftesa's picture

Toftesa said:

You have to pay attention to both federal and youth but ultimately its about listening to the child. Its about their wants and needs and making sure their voice is heard and understood.
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BillandAmyLittl... said:

Both federal and youth permanency views are needed to be successful.
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Lou said:

While the federal definition of permanency important, It's most important that the children that we are tasked to care for feel that they have a stable home, that they are loved and that they have people that they can count on and come to no matter what, even after they leave care if you adopted them or not.
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toniwhaley said:

While federal definition is important, I am all for letting the kids have a voice in what it means to them.
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tbraxton63 said:

I think it is important to listen to both perspectives. I believe that you should lean more toward the youth because there are the ones who goes through it and that views matter the most.