Resources include core/foundation training curricula and materials for child welfare caseworkers on permanency planning, addressing topics such as standby guardianship, kinship care, concurrent planning, and more. Resources include State and local examples.
Achieving Permanence for Children in Substitute Care
Children and Family Research Center (2004)
Helps workers make informed permanency planning decisions and examines a framework for integrating outcomes into daily practice.
Concurrent Planning Competencies (PDF - 18 KB)
Lists skills that child welfare professionals should have to plan concurrently for family reunification, legal guardianship, or adoption of a child. Competencies for supervisors, managers, and legal professionals are also presented in this brief.
Concurrent Planning Curriculum: Concurrent Planning for Timely Permanency
National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning (2003)
Explains the foundations of concurrent planning and equips professionals to assess families and engage parents in decisions about child safety and permanency.
Introduction to Family-Centered Practice: A Curriculum
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (2010)
Addresses the principles of permanency, assessment, case planning, participatory goal setting, and family engagement.
American Humane Association (2003)
Presents guidelines for case plan development and child welfare service delivery, including a checklist of factors affecting abused and neglected children and alternatives for services and supports that may be provided to the family.
Promoting Placement Stability and Permanency Through Caseworker/Child Visits
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2004)
Improves the visiting skills of caseworkers through an understanding of attachment, strengths-based practice, child development, and interview techniques.
A Web-based Concurrent Planning Toolkit
National Resource Center for Family and Permanency Connections
Provides an online tool for States and Tribes to access promising practices, programs, and resources for concurrent planning.
Achieving Permanency for Children in Kinship Foster Care
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program (2006)
Enhances workers' understanding of the context of kinship care practice and discusses how to convene the kinship network, empower the family, and support a permanency plan for the family.
Charting the Course Towards Permanency for Children in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program
Designed to provide new child welfare professionals in Pennsylvania with the fundamental concepts needed when working with children, youth, and families.
Concurrent Planning: Multiple Pathways to Permanence
California Social Work Education Center (2011)
Offers a curriculum for child welfare staff, attorneys, care providers, and other community partners on concurrent planning essentials, leadership, skill building, and partnerships. The document includes a facilitated process for county administrative teams to assess their concurrent planning processes prior to implementing the curriculum.
Guardianship as a Permanency Option: Training Materials
Child Welfare Partnership, Portland State University (2005)
Describes a new type of guardianship legislated in Oregon and provides strategies for workers to make guardianship a viable option for children and families involved with the child welfare system.
Standby Guardianship Self Study Guide: A Teaching Tool for Professionals Interested in Learning About Washington D.C.'s Newest Permanency Planning Option (PDF - 522 KB)
Family Ties Project (2004)
Aids in the education and training of professionals who are assisting clients in making decisions surrounding the need for permanency planning and, specifically, standby guardianship.
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