• 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?

  • I assume the federal definition has taken into account the feelings and ideas of the youth of a period of time, otherwise, what is the point. Permanency has core components but it's truest definition is subjective to the individual. Listen to what the youth themselves are yearning for. In the end, everyone has their own perspective.

    By 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • Since the purpose of the feds is to protect, their primary concern is a child's safety, not comfort. Practically speaking, a child's perception will be the most influencing. But it seems reasonable that the best course is to align both definitions

    By 3 weeks 10 hours ago
  • I think that as a foster parent that I need to think of both definitions equally. In order to be successful in planning for any permanent situation for my foster children I need to be aware of the laws and the federal definition. Without being aware I could potentially aid in the mis-education of the children as well as get their hopes up for unreasonable things. And that is definitely not something that we would want to do with any of the children in foster care.

    By 4 weeks 1 day ago



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