Permanency for Children With Disabilities
Information and resources to help achieve permanency for children with disabilities and children living in congregate or residential care, including State and local examples.
Disabled Children Who Need Permanence: Barriers to Placement
Adoption and Fostering, 29(3), 2005
Explores barriers that make disabled children's pathways to permanency problematic.
Helping Families Raise Children With Special Health Care Needs at Home
Johnson & Kastner
Pediatrics, 115(2), 2005
Examines the philosophy of providing a permanent family environment for all children, including those with special health-care needs, and the importance of adequate and accessible community services to support and maintain the well-being of all family members.
Impact of Disability on Case Planning for Young Children in Foster Care
In Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates and Faculty for Investigator-Initiated Research in Child Abuse and Neglect Final Report
Reports the preliminary results of a study that compared case planning for foster children with and without disabilities.
Permanency Planning for Adolescents With Disabilities
ABA Child Law Practice, 24(8), 2005
Assists advocates with permanency planning for adolescents with disabilities and discusses practice guidelines.
Planning for Permanency for Youth in Congregate Care
Freundlich & Avery
Children and Youth Services Review, 27(2), 2005
Examines permanency outcomes for youth in congregate care.
Predictors of Successful Permanency Planning and Length of Stay in Foster Care: The Role of Race, Diagnosis and Place of Residence
Becker, Jordan, & Larsen (2007)
Examines factors that determined the outcome of permanency planning and length of stay in foster care for children served by the child welfare system in Florida.
State and local examples
A Family to Family Model: Concurrent Kinship and Foster to Adopt Family Plan for Special Needs Children (Two Ways Home): Final Report
Describes a 3-year, federally funded, community-based pilot initiated by Ohio Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services and Beech Brook. Goals were to increase and expedite the placement and adoption of children with special needs into a relative's home and to develop a concurrent alternative plan for children for whom no relatives were identified and no permanent home was found.
Behavioral Rehabilitative Services Handbook (PDF - 399 KB)
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services & Washington State Children's Administration (2010)
Describes an intensive support and treatment program for children with behavioral/emotional disturbances as well as developmental disabilities, which is designed to assist them in transitioning to a less restrictive environment.
Permanency Planning and Family-Based Alternatives Report in Response to S.B. 368, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, 2001, Submitted to the Governor and the Texas Legislature (PDF - 181 KB)
Texas Health and Human Services Commission (2010)
Discusses findings from an evaluation of permanency planning efforts on behalf of children with developmental disabilities residing in an institution in Texas.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Maintains a listing of State-level offices that offer information about and assistance with disability issues.