State and local examples of programs that aim to achieve permanency for youth in foster care.
Adoption Support Services for Kinship Caregivers and Their Adolescents
Satterfield, McKinley, & Capellini (2003)
Findings from a research and services project designed to improve permanency, safety, and well-being for adolescents, with a special emphasis on reducing the number of kinship adoption disruptions.
The Legacy Project Final Report
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (2004)
View Abstract and Document
Findings from a project designed to facilitate permanency for children who had no prior resources for adoption or guardianship.
Project MECCA (Men Embracing Children Collectively through Adoption)
Children's Bureau Express, 5(5), 2004
A program recruiting married and single African American men to become adoptive parents for children and youth.
Promoting Permanency: Successful Exits from Therapeutic Group Care Through Family and Community Reintegration
Casey Family Programs (2009)
Features a brief video designed to raise awareness about the importance of permanency for all youth who have spent time in foster care. The video shares the stories of three families who were reunited through the Child Protective Services Reintegration Pilot Project, which provides an extensive network of wraparound services and supports to caregivers of youth who are in foster care, have at least one DSM-IV diagnosis, and are reintegrating into their families and communities. A discussion guide for facilitators is also available. (PDF - 536 KB)
Selected Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Projects
Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
These reports from State child welfare waiver demonstration projects include a special focus on permanency for older children in foster care:
Illinois Assisted Guardianship Phase I
Illinois Assisted Guardianship Phase II
Montana Assisted Guardianship/Kinship Permanence
Oregon Flexible Funding/Assisted Guardianship Phase I
Oregon Flexible Funding/Assisted Guardianship Phase II
Work Appreciation for Youth: The WAY to Work. An Independent Living/Aftercare Program for High Risk Youth: A 15-Year Longitudinal Study
Child Welfare League of America (2000)
Program to support youth at the Children's Village Residential Treatment Center who are moving into independent living situations or reuniting with their families. Emphasis is placed on skills needed for retaining employment, living in the community, and preventing homelessness and criminal behavior.