Children and youth in out-of-home care should be involved in the permanency planning process to the fullest extent possible. Discussing permanency options, explaining the processes, and helping children and youth cope with their emotions are activities that can help prepare and support them in achieving permanency. This section includes resources to help caseworkers prepare children and youth for permanency, particularly adoption, and offers strategies that help engage youth in the process. Resources include State and local examples.
In Their Own Words: Lifting Up Youth Voices to Promote Permanency for Older Youth [Webinar]
AdoptUSKids & Child Welfare Information Gateway (2018)
Features professionals, youth, and young adults who have experience engaging youth in promoting permanency for themselves and others and developing public platforms to help inform and influence local and statewide permanency efforts.
Making It Possible: Permanency Pathways for Older Youth in Care (Facilitator’s Guide) (PDF - 450 KB)
National Center for Child Welfare Excellence (2014)
Offers a 1-day training curriculum to explore the laws, policies, and practices that have had an impact on child welfare’s approach to permanency. The curriculum also discusses how to engage and prepare youth for permanency. An accompanying participant notebook (PDF - 1,393 KB) is also available.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
Download (PDF - 719KB)
The Role of the Court in Implementing the Older Youth Provisions of the Strengthening Families Act (PDF - 650 KB)
ABA Center on Children and the Law & Juvenile Law Center
Outlines the provisions of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (SFA). This issue brief lists the basic legal requirements of SFA, discusses court implementation, suggests questions the court can ask, and gives strategies for attorneys and advocates to prepare youth for court and case planning.
Child Welfare Information Gateway; AdoptUSKids
Download (PDF - 1,070KB)
We Never Outgrow the Need for Family—Just Ask Us: Talking With Older Youth About Adoption [Webinar]
AdoptUSKids & Child Welfare Information Gateway (2016)
Describes how to have more effective and meaningful conversations with teenagers about permanency. This webinar features a panel discussion with two young adults formerly in foster care, an adoptive parent, and an adoption professional.
Engaging Children in the Adoption Process
The Duke Endowment
Describes a grant in North and South Carolina to fund Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiters, who work with children to give them a more active role in the adoption process.
Our Youth-Centered Model
You Gotta Believe
Explains You Gotta Believe's approach to finding permanent homes for youth, including how the New York-based organization works with youth to identify important adults in their lives.