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

tiamnichols's picture

tiamnichols said:

It is good to have a federal definition but foster youth deserve to be listened to and to look at what is in their best interest.
loldroyd's picture

loldroyd said:

Foster parents should use the federal definition of permanency as a "guideline" to protect children in the foster system. However, permanency plans are not one-size-fits-all. Children have personal, specific needs that will help provide a solid sense of permanency.
kateem02's picture

kateem02 said:

A federal definition is important for setting minimum standards that each child should receive no matter where they live. The definition of permanency defined by foster youth is important because the youths themselves point out that it’s not a one size fits all definition. The youths needs and desires should be taken into account when permanency is being planned.
Rangel1222's picture

Rangel1222 said:

As important as it is for there to be a federal definition of permanency, the youth's definition is more important. Each child may have a different definition and as a foster parent, it is important to understand and acknowledge their views.
KaylaReiter's picture

KaylaReiter said:

helpful and insightful
roger097's picture

roger097 said:

great and helpful information
msbeky1101's picture

msbeky1101 said:

I think we follow Federal as well as listen to the children
mhowardjr35's picture

mhowardjr35 said:

I think both side need careful consideration. Every situation is different and to have one standard of flow is not necessarily the best for each foster child.
brookiedee's picture

brookiedee said:

Both federal and youth perspectives need to be considered.
amckinne's picture

amckinne said:

Both sides need to be heard and then a compromise agreed upon.