Once children have been placed with potentially permanent families, support is often needed to stabilize the new family. This is true in the case of reunification, adoption, guardianship, and placements with relatives. Postpermanency services may include financial support, case management, connections with community services, and others. Resources include State and local examples.
Developing and Supporting a Continuum of Child Welfare Services (PDF - 163 KB)
Welfare Information Network, 8(6), 2004
Identifies strategies for coordinating child welfare funding and services with the funding and services of other key State agencies to develop and support a more coherent and effective continuum of care for at-risk children and families.
Post Permanency Services
Wright & Freundlich (2005)
In Child Welfare for the Twenty-first Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs
Offers an overview of the research, theory, and values related to postpermanency, and guiding principles.
Supporting Permanent Placements: Post-Permanency Services
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (2004)
Representatives from national organizations and State agencies present strategies and initiatives for maintaining permanent families, specifically addressing a range of postpermanency and postadoption services.
State and local examples
The Permanency Project /Anoka County Community Health and Social Services
Community Health and Environmental Services Department (2003)
Outcomes of an Adoption Opportunities Demonstration Grant applied to a system of services designed to increase the stability of adoptive and kinship families.