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

missamericab's picture

missamericab said:

Both are required, in that, the federal definition is to protect the child, but the youth's definition should be taken into consideration because they are there own individual.
IsmaelleHilaire's picture

IsmaelleHilaire said:

I believe both are equally important. One: to make sure we follow federal definitions and two: to encourage and listen to the child's perspective and definition because they are the one most important in the matter.
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RKelley said:

Foster parents should know what is to be 'expected' and in order to do that they should know the federal definition of permanency in order to be prepared going into a conversation with the youth's expectations. Open dialog is important so I can understand their perspective and help make the safest decisions that have their best interest in mind.
tdenapolis's picture

tdenapolis said:

Both the federal and the youth's definition of permanence are important. the youth's definition should be taken into serious consideration when ensuring that the federal definition / requirements are met to the best of the agency and foster parents' abilities.
Jennifer Kelley's picture

Jennifer Kelley said:

Each perspective carries their own merit. As a foster parent, it is important to know how the professionals will define permanency in order to understand why decisions are made in a child's permanency journey. However, a youths perspective can really provide a whole different perspective on permanency. They are in the center of their world and when they come to your home, it is important to support them and meet them at their level. They are people that often go unheard and as foster parents, its our jobs to advocate for them and allow their voices to be heard.
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ashleyfarris2 said:

Foster parents should pay more attention to the youths' definition of permanency because they are the ones who are truly experiencing the situation. They are the ones who need and long for permanency.
tlgutel's picture

tlgutel said:

Yes but we must also remember that permanency will be different for each child and specific to their needs
PHoward706's picture

PHoward706 said:

I agree that the Federal definition and the Youths definition is equally important. We need to pay attention to the federal definition but the youth should also have some input.
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jklickner said:

Why can't the federal definition take into account what the youth's definition is? A foster youth knows what permanency means to them!! But since that is a dream world I would say both have to be account for. Both are important, in different ways.
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lclw8686 said:

I think we need to pay attention to both federal and the foster child definition of permanency. Federal guideline are they to protect child and the foster parent. The child because he/she knows what they would like to be. So both should be pay attention to.