May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize that we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care.
May's special issue highlights a higher education program for transitioning youth, a tool for evaluating youth connectedness, and other information about foster care.
The Obama administration remains committed to improving the lives of children in foster care and the futures of youth who may leave foster care without a permanent family.
Youth are never too old to become part of a legally permanent, nurturing family through family reunification, permanent placement with relatives, adoption from foster care, or guardianship. Helping youth achieve permanency can be challenging and requires planning and commitment. The following resources help to prepare and support youth as they navigate the permanency process.
Focuses on increasing the capacity and resources of State, Tribal, and other public child welfare agencies to promote family-centered practices. Resources about advancing permanency options include Digital Stories From the Field: Young Adult Perspectives; Information Packet: LGBTQ Youth Permanency ; Reinstatement of Parental Rights; and Unpacking the "NO" of Permanency for Older Adolescents: Planning for Youth Transitioning from Foster Care to Adulthood .
National Resource Center for Youth Development
Addresses why is it important to involve youth in permanency planning, what permanency means to adolescents, how to talk to young people about permanency, the Adoption Opportunities program, and legislation that supports permanency for adolescents.
|Enhancing Permanency for Youth in Out-of-Home Care|
|Series Title:||Bulletins for Professionals|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2013 - 18 pages|
|Addresses the specific challenges of permanency planning with youth and highlights successful models and strategies. After reviewing background statistics and research on outcomes for youth who leave foster care without a permanent family, the bulletin looks at Federal legislation enacted to improve these outcomes. Specific strategies for improving youth permanency are described, and examples of programs across the country using these strategies are provided.|
Annie E. Casey Foundation (2012)
Includes resources and materials related to Lifelong Families, a practice model that is intended to serve as a method of improving foster care practice within private child welfare agencies and advancing permanency outcomes for those in care, especially older youth in treatment foster care.
Equips agency staff with useful tools that can both inform their work and be shared with prospective adoptive parents who are considering adopting older youth.
Florida Youth Shine & Florida's Children First (2011)
Explains that Florida and many other States allow adults to be adopted by other adults. The brief answers questions related to home studies, keeping a name, birth certifications, financial obligations, continued eligibility for Independent Living benefits, and adoption when the rights of biological parents were not terminated.
Henry & Manning
Protecting Children, 26(1), 2011
Discusses a relational practice methodology, the 3-5-7 Model, which is a promising practice and core approach that supports permanency work with older youth. The article highlights programs implementing the model, including those pursuing family finding and engagement and youth and family team meetings.
Iowa Children's Justice State Council & Iowa Department of Human Services Child Welfare Advisory Committee (2011)
Describes a framework for achieving permanency for all foster youth, organized around five key areas: family and youth engagement, family preservation, placement and reunification, adoption and guardianship, and transitioning to adulthood.
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (2011)
Highlights research indicating a high percentage of transitioning youth will face difficulties in early adulthood and need permanent, emotionally sustaining, and committed relationships to reach self-sufficiency and to thrive. The report also examines a range of creative methods for providing stable, dependable family support to help older youth achieve permanency and long-term connections.
De Lay (2010)
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program
Presents an adaptation of mobility mapping and flow diagrams for family tracing and social reintegration work developed by the Unaccompanied Children Reunification and Reintegration Program of the International Rescue Committee-Rwanda (IRC-Rwanda). The adapted tools have helped the IRC-Rwanda staff reunite more than 600 children, previously living in institutions, with their families and have enabled the children to integrate into those households.
National Conference of State Legislatures
Child Welfare Legislative Policy Newsletter, December 2010
Focuses on permanency for older youth in foster care, the barriers this population faces, and ideas that States are exploring to address these obstacles.
National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (2010)
Highlights ways States are bringing youth youth in foster care and professionals together to create better conditions and the strategies they use to motivate young peoples' interest in the planning process.
Family Process, 48(1), 2009
Offers a framework for collaborative family-centered practice that can reinvigorate work with families who have not responded to more traditional approaches. The article introduces collaborative inquiry as an organizing metaphor for clinical practice and offers a five-step practice framework with clinical illustrations and sample questions.