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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

Yomama's picture

Yomama said:

the federal definition or permanency because its the final say so not just opinions of other people
SamiNic0803's picture

SamiNic0803 said:

The youths definition needs to be payed attention to more. They have a different definition then the legal side.
AlbaughM's picture

AlbaughM said:

I think foster parents need to pay more attention to the youths' definition of permanency. We follow the federal rules, but what permanency means to one child may not be what it means to another. Each person is different. Some people value family more, others may value friends, school, or teammates more. To know what permanency means to a foster youth, it needs to be asked.
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brett2634 said:

The youth's definition is more important since they are the ones living it. The whole system is supposed to be centered around what is best for the kids, and they are the ones who can tell us what is working for them and what isn't.
Tivvani's picture

Tivvani said:

I think everyone should pay attention to the youth's definition, and the federal definition should be based on that. Foster parents have to be aware of the federal definition because, right or wrong, that is the one that will guide all the decisions that are made.
gibb.luke's picture

gibb.luke said:

Yes, both need equal attention. The law should be followed, however, this is greatly affecting our children in the system more than we can imagine. We need to be intentional to hear their desires and work with them to understand and fulfill their need for permanency.
iveygibb's picture

iveygibb said:

Both should be equally valued and the law abided by.
ahnordstiv's picture

ahnordstiv said:

The youths' definition of permanency feels more relevant to me. They are the ones who live this experience -- not the policymakers. Their voices should be elevated!
ahnordstiv's picture

ahnordstiv said:

The youths' definition of permanency feels more relevant to me. They are the ones who live this experience -- not the policymakers. Their voices should be elevated!
tadisney's picture

tadisney said:

The youth, that is who you are serving.