Promoting Permanency for Siblings and Youth

When working with youth and sibling groups to achieve permanence through adoption, it helps to get to know their needs and to hear, in their own words, how they view those needs. Youth may also share information about adults who could be permanency options for themselves and their siblings. Partnering with youth may require you to use their preferred modes of communication, and you may need to explore new communication technologies.

These resources provide tips on working more effectively with youth and sibling groups to achieve permanency.

A Guide for Maintaining Sibling Connections

A Guide for Maintaining Sibling Connections [Video]
Youth in Progress
Describes the permanent connection many youth have with their siblings and how that connection can be maintained even while in care. Youth, parents, and professionals discuss how they partner to achieve permanency through sibling connections.

Brothers and Sisters: Keeping Siblings in Foster Care Connected

Brothers and Sisters: Keeping Siblings in Foster Care Connected [Video]
Epic Ohana, Inc. (2013)
Shows youth formerly in foster care discussing their personal stories, the benefits of being placed with their siblings, and, conversely, the struggles associated with sibling separation.

Iowa's Blueprint for Forever Families (PDF - 213 KB)
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 that is organized around five key areas: family and youth engagement, family preservation, placement and reunification, adoption and guardianship, and transitioning to adulthood.

Preparing for Media Recruitment & Publicity (PDF - 42 KB)
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc. (2007)
Provides tips for workers to help children and youth, as well as their current caregivers, prepare for media exposure during the recruitment process.

Permanency Planning Today, Summer/Fall 2013: Permanency for Older Youth and Young Adults (PDF - 3,083 KB)
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (2013)
Provides a brief overview of the concept of permanency and its importance for older youth and young adults, addresses reasons that some youth and young adults may initially reject the idea of permanency, and offers ways in which caseworkers can unpack and explore the "no" of permanency and support them in considering the option of lifetime connections.

Social Media & Mobile Internet Use Among Teens and Young Adults (PDF - 3,481 KB)
Lenhart, Purcell, Smith, & Zickuhr (2010)
Pew Research Center
Provides results from a survey of young adults on their social media and mobile Internet use and compares those results to comparable data for adolescents and adults.

Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives (PDF - 2,252 KB)
Common Sense Media (2012)
Provides a report that presents the results from a survey of young adults on their social media usage and how social media affects their quality of life.

Teen Social Media Infographic
Common Sense Media (2012)
Provides an infographic displaying the results from a survey of young adults on their social media usage and how social media affects their quality of life.

Tip Sheet: What Adoption Workers Should Know (PDF - 74 KB)
Minnesota's Adoptee Advisory Committee (2011)
Presents advice from adopted persons to adoption workers regarding forming and maintaining connections, working with foster parents, and more.

Youth Participation in Planning: Why It Matters

Youth Participation in Planning: Why It Matters [Video]
Research and Training Center at Portland State University
Presents a video in which youth describe, what it feels like not to have any say in the plans that are made for their treatment, care, education, and future.

Youth Groups
FosterClub
Provides a list of Youth Advisory Boards and Youth Councils from across the country. These programs allow youth to have a voice in the services provided to them and help improve outcomes for children and youth in care.

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