In addition to parents and relatives, when children and youth enter foster care, they are supported by case managers, resource parents, judges, guardians ad litem, attorneys, and treatment providers. These many “faces” make up the diverse team that work to help children and youth achieve permanency. Permanency options are as diverse as the children, youth, families, and professionals involved with child welfare.
While the permanency goal for children in care is often reunification with their families, in some cases permanency can be found with relatives or adoptive families, or through strong relationships or connections with siblings and caring adults. The following resources highlight how foster parents and caregivers, communities, and child welfare and related professionals can meet the needs of the children and youth in care and help them achieve permanency. Find information about supporting various placements—from kinship to congregate care—and how to plan for the appropriate placement of children and youth, including youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ), pregnant and parenting youth, and Tribal youth. Resources specifically for youth who are in foster care or preparing to transition out of foster care also are provided.
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