Permanency in child welfare means a legally permanent, nurturing family for every child. Child welfare professionals first focus on preserving families and preventing the need to place children outside of their homes. When children must be removed from their homes to ensure their safety, permanency planning efforts focus on returning them home as soon as is safely possible or placing them with another permanent family. Other permanent families may include adoptive families, guardians, or relatives who obtain legal custody.
Child welfare agencies employ numerous strategies to achieve permanency for children. Permanency planning involves decisive, time-limited, goal-oriented activities to maintain children within their families of origin or place them with other permanent families. Permanency plans include the child's goal for permanency, the tasks required to achieve the goal, and the roles and responsibilities of all involved.
- Concept and history of permanency in U.S. child welfare
- Permanency strategies and programs
- Legal and court issues in permanency
- Preparing and supporting children and youth
- Interjurisdictional placements for permanency
- Postpermanency services
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
Addresses key issues in family-centered practice, foster care, and permanency planning.