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

dmkiser75's picture

dmkiser75 said:

I think both the federal definition and the youth's definition of permanency are equally important however, emphasis should be placed on what the child's definition is.
deleon521979's picture

deleon521979 said:

I feel its important to pay more attention to the child's definition although, the federal definition IS there for a reason.
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mrsafety said:

As the "Ensuring Permanency for Young People in the Foster Care System" article concludes, one size does not fit all when it comes to permanency. It is unique to every person. So, while adhering to the federal definition, the most attention should be paid to the youth's definition.
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kew5264 said:

I feel that although it's important to pay attention to the federal definition of permanency since there are laws in place concerning that, it's as or more important to pay attention to the youths' definition since it is their lives we're planning for. The youth involved should be heard and feel like they have a voice.
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jill_griffith2561394 said:

The federal role in permanency is important because it allows the child to move toward a stable situation that is more long term than foster care to support them throughout their lives. However, I side more with the youth definition and view of permanency because it addresses the needs of the child as a whole and is more centered on the connections of the child to reliable adults and accessing resources that can support them long after their time as a foster child is over.
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Shana84 said:

I think foster parents need to pay more attention the youth need to definition is way more important they are living it
TrentDHall's picture

TrentDHall said:

I believe we should pay more attention to the foster child's definition of permanence.
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EmDHall said:

....to the foster child definition (keeping in mind that not all children will be able to participate in their permanency plan). We should work to ensure that the court system is doing what is best for children, and sometimes they have a good perspective on that.
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rdaniel said:

The youth's definition of permanency is the more appropriate perspective to look at. Because the kiddos are the ones that actually living in the experience.
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cbcole said:

The youth's definition of permanency is of utmost importance!