June 2007Vol. 8, No. 5Permanency Planning Today
The spring 2007 issue of Permanency Planning Today, a newsletter published by the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (NRCFCPPP), includes articles on substance abuse in child welfare, technology to protect social workers, domestic violence, children missing from foster care, and sensitive language use when dealing with families and children. The newsletter leads off with a word from NRCFCPPP Director Gerald P. Mallon about his recent experience providing technical assistance in recovery efforts for States affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Also on the NRCFCPPP website are the results of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services' first statewide Breakthrough Series Collaborative. Breakthrough Series Collaborative on Adolescent Permanency: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned is the result of an effort that engaged adolescents, resource families, social workers, supervisors, managers, residential placement providers, courts, schools, and community and agency partners to arrive at a global understanding of the issues involved. Themes and promising practices were identified to help pave the way for a statewide consensus on permanency planning.