Subject: 

  • Permanence

Credit Hours: 

2.00

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?

  • The child's view and the court is very important

    By 4 days 20 hours ago
  • While you obviously need to pay attention to, and honor, the federal definition of permanency, it is also important to listen to the youth and their definition of permanency. it is important as foster parents, who are potentially involved in permanency planning, to listen to the child and respect their definition and beliefs regarding permanency. We should be able to (or at least try our best to) advocate for what is in the child's best interests while also respecting the child's wishes regarding permanency.

    By 4 days 23 hours ago
  • I think it is most important to see things from a child's POV and what they need and want. The federal definition should be honored, however it is important to remember that this set of guidelines is made in an office by people who are *not* in foster care.

    By 1 week 5 days ago

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