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

HeatherPC's picture

HeatherPC said:

While both the federal definition and the child's(ren's) definition of permanency are equally important, in the end, one setting standards, the other speaking to the human aspect of the fostering experience....we all need to feel like we belong, fit in, can identify and be identified as being a part of something . As a foster parent, I have long felt that providing this support to our young adults as they transition is and was necessary. It was the missing component in reducing the statistics of failed transition from care to adulthood and independence. Lets face it, our children, and if we are to be truly honest, ourselves still needed the love, support and wisdom of our parents as we transitioned and got our sea legs; the real world is a scary place even for those of us ensured of unconditional love and support from our parents and loved ones, our young adults in the system are no different.
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TheWolfePack said:

The children brought into our home and under care need to know that we are here for them. They need to know they are loved and do have a place to call home. Our four foster sons have all returned to their families. We are happy that that was possible for them but should they have needed a place, they had it here. We need to listen to the children's idea of permanency. We need to make sure they feel connected to us and life as they traverse the system. We need to protect them from feeling 'lost'.
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khomer said:

As foster parents, we must always address the emotional needs of our children in care. Listen closely and you will find a way to show the youth how their idea of permanency can mostly fit the Federal definition.
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gianna15 said:

We feel that both the federal definition and the youth version are important. The federal law drives the permanency process with timelines, court hearings and safety checks to insure the best possible placement for the child. The youth definition is where the heart and soul lies and trust can not be built without permanency. The youth have to make a connection with permanent individuals which help and support them for their future.
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gianna15 said:

We think that foster parents should listen to both definitions because they are both equally important. The federal definition is the actually law that drives the way to permanence, where there are timelines and other safety precautions for the young. The youth definition is where the heart and soul lies and makes the child feel whole. They have to make connections with people its very hard for them to find trust without having permanency.
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tasha46 said:

i think you can pay both parties involved attention both have goals they are trying to reach.
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FCJessica said:

Definitely the youths definition because the permanence is for them, to help them through the process of transitioning out of the foster care system.
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Cali_R said:

I think it is important to listen to both perspectives. The Federal definition is a good grounding, and a guideline to start with but, the youth perspective is the the driving voice. The youth is the one who needs permanence and their voice matters most.