• Permanence

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Course Summary:

For a young person in foster care, having permanence means stability and reliable, supportive lifelong connections. All youth in foster care need it. Understanding permanency and the Permanency Pact described in this course can give you confidence as you guide your foster youth towards building and strengthening relationships with supportive people in their life.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • Appreciate the importance of permanency in the life of a foster youth
  • Understand how youths in foster care think about permanency
  • Define the different types of permanent relationships and understand their roles
  • Know the importance of a Permanency Pact facilitator
  • Understand the difference between positive and negative supports
  • List several ways a transitioning youth could benefit from the support of an adult
  • Brainstorm a list of prospective Permanency Pact adults
  • Know how to access and create a Permanency Pact
  • Understand permanency comes with responsibility from all people involved – including the youth


Take the Course:

Estimated time to complete: 3 hours

A: Watch this video of foster youth talking about what permanency means to them:

B: Review: the Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau’s interview regarding permanency with a FosterClub Young Leader - Amber Finet - from the Children’s Bureau Express: CLICK HERE
C: Review: FosterClub’s Permanency Pact. The Pact is designed to help foster youth identify supportive adult connections which will continue to provide positive supports through and beyond the transition from care. As a foster parent, you can introduce a young person to this tool and help them identify those continuing supports in an effort to build a strong support network. CLICK HERE

HINT: Keep this open, you may want to refer back to during quiz

D: Hear Brondalyn share her views on the importance of having emotional connections to foster family, friends and community supports: CLICK HERE
E: Review a post written about the Permanency Pact by an Independent Living Outreach Specialist at Children’s Aid Society, Ebone Watkins: CLICK HERE
F: Review: Legal and Relational Permanence in Older Foster Care Youths, from Social Work Today: CLICK HERE
G: Continue the conversation on the supportive adult forum, add a comment to course discussion topic question: CLICK HERE
How would you explain permanence to your foster youth?

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Course Discussion Question

How would you explain permanence to your foster youth?

  • Permanency is having unconditional support, someone to help guide you through your teenage and young adult years. Someone who cares for you and cares about your future and wants to help you succeed.

    By 6 days 17 hours ago
  • permanency means having people or a person to call your own, through thick and thin.

    By 2 weeks 16 hours ago
  • It is important to let your child know that you will be there for them, not just in good times, but in the difficult ones too. It is important to be consistent when you are first forming the relationship with your child. Make sure your child know through your words that you will be there for them, but most importantly through your actions.

    By 2 weeks 2 days ago



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