• Permanence

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Introduction to Permanence

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


Take the Course

Estimated time to complete: 2 hours

A: 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: CLICK HERE
B: 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: CLICK HERE
C. Read pages 1-5 of Court Hearings for the Permanent Placement of Children from the Child Welfare Information Gateway: CLICK HERE
D: The National Foster Youth Advisory Council (NFYAC), a group of young leaders who have experienced foster care, gave their top ten recommendations for ensuring permanency for youth in foster care, read them: CLICK HERE
E: 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 a #FosterClubLeader: CLICK HERE
F: Answer the course discussion question on the supportive adult message board: CLICK HERE


Course Discussion Question

Do you think foster parents need to pay most attention to the federal definition of permanency or the youths' definition? Why?

  • It saddens me that we should listen to the federal side, because in the end thats what dictates the outcome for the children. This is especially concerning for the kids who are too young to speak for themselves, and the past speaks volumes. It is a struggle for me to understand how reunification in my mind shoud not be an option in some cases but is very much a reality. Children that are too young to speak are at a disadvantage and sometimes need to be rescued from the whole family. It seems to me that if the family has custody, they will in some form be exposed to the parent that was not able to care for these children in a proper manner. Just seeing the parent can cause trauma. Not all parents rights need to be terminated but permanency seems to attempt to make it possible for some children to reunify with parents that dont deserve as well. I know its their job in the end. My concern is what happens after reunification.

    By 3 days 6 hours ago
  • The federal side is definitely important but to also remained focus on hearing the child's voice on the matter. Ultimately we are to look out for the child's needs and providing permanence.

    By 4 weeks 1 day ago
  • I keep the federal version in mind...but I look first to the child's view. How can we help them if we don't understand their view first? One step at a time... one court hearing at a time. We get through it. But it's amazing in our experience how many families do not have good bio-family permanency options. So sad. We foster mainly the reading is correct... most are not adopted. But they all still need love and a place to think of and call HOME. Wish more foster families would consider teens. Very rewarding.

    By 1 month 5 days ago



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