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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

PattiH's picture

PattiH said:

We need to know the definition means. But I feel my home is permanent for my kids they do not leave until themselves or legal have/want to.if my home is not their last stop (adoption) I try to make it the last stop off to permanent..
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tmmhndrsn said:

I think every foster parent should know the law on permanency and definition of it. But I also feel children have rights and should be heard, they have a right to have a permeant home and support
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km16471 said:

Of course Federal Definitions and Regulations on Permanency are import, but I feel it is extremely important to listen to youth also. We need to make sure their needs and feelings are validated. They have already been through so much. They should have some input into what their permanent home looks like. Don't just put a child in a home because it works for the government. Make sure it works for all parties involved, especially the child.
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ElizabethZeiger said:

Do you think foster parents need to pay most attention to the federal definition of permanency or the youths' definition? Why? I think it is important to understand the federal definition of permanency, but to listen to your youth because every child is different. One size does not fit all.
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joenangel said:

Federal definition is important to know and understand but it is also important to listen to the children as well.
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Joenangel14 said:

I think both but at the end listen to the child it will affect them the most
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kcarden2 said:

I think foster parents need to develop permanency in a ways that works for everyone involved, starting with children, and including themselves and the child's bio family.
Joe Nichols's picture

Joe Nichols said:

It is good to have a federal definition but in the end foster youth deserve to be listened to and to look at what is in their best interest
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eolsen121 said:

It is important to be knowledgeable of all the federal guidelines about permanency so you know what to expect and maybe be ahead of the game during your journey. Unfortunately in my case our original plan was for reunification but after over 2 years right have now been terminated and we are now changing the goal to adoption.
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gspivey79 said:

In our case, reunification is not in the best interest of the children but it is difficult to convince older children that it is the right decision. It is good as a foster parent to understand the federal guidelines about permanency so we can be informed.