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Dec/Jan 2005Vol. 5, No. 10Permanence Framework and Measures for Youth

The National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (NRCFCPPP) has posted two documents designed to guide child welfare agencies in their permanency planning for young people. The first, "Permanence for Young People Framework," proposes six key components for identifying and supporting permanent family relationships for young people in out-of-home care:

  • Empower young people to be involved in their own permanency planning.
  • Empower a wide range of individuals to participate.
  • Consider a full range of permanency options.
  • Concurrently use a comprehensive range of recruitment options.
  • Support young people and their families in their efforts to achieve permanence.
  • Collaborate with other agencies to provide services before and after placement.

The second document, "Permanence for Young People Measures," proposes seven measures agencies can use to track their progress in establishing permanence for youth.

Both the Framework and the Measures were developed at a June 2004 conference sponsored by the NRCFCPPP (at the time, the NRC for Foster Care and Permanency Planning) and Casey Family Services. Both documents are available on the NRCFCPPP website at