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Course Summary

This course is designed to help foster parents and caregivers understand and support 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. FosterClub believes permanence is vital to a youth in and from care's success in life, and that foster parents can play a vital role in this helping youth establish this.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • The federal definition of permanency

  • Statistics for permanency outcomes

  • Your role in helping children and youth establish permanence

  • Youth perspective about permanence

  • Build skills to speak to children and 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, and 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 the blog "You Don't Age Out of Family" written by Julia Charles, a FosterClub Lived Experience Leader.

Step 6

Read this FosterClub Real Story by Aleks Talsky about the importance of educating young people on their permanency options and allowing them agency to determine their own permanency plan.

Step 7

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

What actions will you take to ensure children and youth in your care have an active role in their own permanency plans?

Step 8

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Course Discussion

Sunnysar's picture

Sunnysar said:

The federal definition gives ideas and guidelines- but each individual must be heard so that we can provide for unique needs.
epowell's picture

epowell said:

I believe that taking both into consideration would be better for everyone in the situation.
Jeanice Jeters's picture

Jeanice Jeters said:

listen to the youth as well as explain your intentions to them.
AlexaGutierrez's picture

AlexaGutierrez said:

I think that a foster parent will be able to better provide for the child if they focus on the child/teen's definition of prominence. Prominence isn't a one fits all situation.
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zschulz said:

It is important to listen to the youth as well as explain your intentions to them.'s picture

[email protected] said:

While the federal law and definition are important the child’s definition is more important. Every child is different and they have to be respected as such.
ktrickel's picture

ktrickel said:

They need to pay attention to both. They need to understand the general idea behind permanency, and what their foster youth identifies as their permanency. Each child is different, and has different expectations for permanency.
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myrandacairns said:

They definitely should have an understanding of the federal law. But I feel it’s very important to listen to youth. After all, our goal is to keep the child safe and do what is best for them. They deserve to have a say in their futures
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DanielaPizarro said:

I believe that foster parents should definitely pay attention to the federal definition of permanence and it’s importance, it all ties itself together as the law but also following and paying attention to the youth is just as significant
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CatherineCuriel said:

I think that any foster parent should be mindful of the law on permanence and its concept. But I still believe that children have rights and should be heard, they have the right to have a permanent home and care