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Belonging Matters -- Helping Youth Explore Permanency
Explores how professionals can help youth in foster care consider their full range of legal and relational permanency options as well as understand the feelings that may underlie a young person’s reluctance in pursuing permanency.
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Help youth understand what family, belonging, and permanency mean.
Help youth explore their permanency options—what they want and why.
Don't allow independent living to be glamorized.
Recognize that family loyalties may affect youths' desire to pursue permanency.
Encourage birth family connections.
Everyone's story is unique. Know the youth you work with. Listen. Advocate.
Be honest and direct with the youth you serve.
Acknowledgment(s): This bulletin was developed with the assistance of AdoptUSKids staff and young people from the AdoptUSKids Speaker’s Bureau as well as staff and youth advocates from the North American Council on Adoptable Children.
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2019). Belonging matters—Helping youth explore permanency. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau.
This material may be freely reproduced and distributed. However, when doing so, please credit Child Welfare Information Gateway.