Core/Foundation Training for Caseworkers: Youth Permanency
Resources address training curricula and materials for child welfare caseworkers on improving permanency outcomes for youth in out-of-home care, including State and local examples.
Making the Case for Ongoing Connections Between Youth and Those Who Matter to Them—Before Permanency and Beyond: A Guide to Presentation to the Court and Legal Community (PDF - 1070 KB)
Family Connections Project (2006)
Offers a presentation for use with legal and court personnel that describes the benefits of open permanency arrangements for youth and discusses how to successfully implement these arrangements.
Making the Child Welfare System Work for Older Youth
Urban Institute (2007)
Presents audio files from a panel discussing how best to serve the permanency needs of older youth, focusing on where adoption fits as a permanency goal, youth perspectives on placements and permanency, the availability of postadoption services, and concurrent planning for children in their preteen years.
Preparing Youth for Permanent Family Connections: Preparing Everyone for Permanent Family Connections: A Program to Develop Champions of Permanent Family Connections for All Teens (PDF - 283 KB)
Lewis & Badeau (2005)
Trains child welfare professionals in preparing youth for permanent placements, including information on the critical stages of youth development and creating youth-specific permanency plans in collaboration with youth.
State and local examples
The Legacy Project Final Report
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Describes a program to train staff to facilitate permanency for youth who had no prior resources for adoption or guardianship. The curriculum addresses recruitment of families for adolescents, searches for relatives, supporting youth and families, and more.
Supervisory Training to Enhance Permanency Solutions (STEPS)
Massachusetts Department of Social Services & University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Adoption Research (2008)
Trains supervisors on specific strategies to engage and support social workers as they promote permanency and prepare adolescents for adulthood. The training addresses topics such as positive youth development, community ties and lifelong connections, education and workforce, physical and mental health needs, and public safety and juvenile justice.
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