• 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?

  • We are required to pay attention to the federal definition of permanency because this is what the courts follow and adhere to; although, we have a duty to remember the best interest of the children living in our home. If they have a reasonable explanation for their desires for permanency in any way, that should be respected and highly considered by case workers, the court, and the foster parents.

    By 1 week 5 days ago
  • I agree with many of the comments stated above. I think we must know and adhere to the federal law at a minimum. But also, listen to and respect the desires and definitions of the youth in care.

    By 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • I think it is critical to keep both definitions in mind when considering permanency. There are many reasons for considering both: although, I think a few are of importance to highlight. We must keep the child's view of permanency in mind because it is the life that they will have to live with. These children are forced to live with the decisions of others- bio parents, judges, recommendations. Their stability is of importance, and when they believe they have achieved permanency, that should be taken into strong consideration. However, the law is intended to be evidence-based. It is uniform and provides structure in guiding cases. A framework is important for consistency.

    By 2 weeks 3 days ago



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