July/August 2008Vol. 9, No. 6Permanency Planning Resources
The National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (NRCFCPPP) offers a wealth of resources on permanency planning for youth. Susan Dougherty, Information Specialist at the NRCFCPPP, compiled the following list of webpages:
- Permanency Planning—Provides basic information on planning to achieve permanency for all children.
- Concurrent Permanency Planning—Provides information about the use of concurrent planning as a way to address permanency throughout the time a child is in care and includes the NRCFCPPP’s curriculum on the subject.
- Youth Permanency—Focuses on the urgent need to achieve permanency for the young people in out-of-home care who are at risk of aging out without permanent connections. Its centerpiece is a framework for practice, Permanence for Young People, which was developed by national experts at a meeting co-sponsored by the NRC and the Casey Center for Effective Child Welfare Practice.
- Youth Voice—Devoted to the importance of hearing, understanding, and responding to the voices of the young people in the child welfare system. In addition to resources and guides from both national and State sources, it includes links to State websites that serve youth constituencies and carry a wide range of youth perspectives in video, audio, and print formats.
- Siblings—Addresses the importance of sibling relationships for youth in the child welfare system and includes an NRCFCPPP curriculum on the subject. The sibling relationship is life-long and often is the most enduring relationship of a person’s lifetime.
- Positive Youth Development—Provides resources related to programs that seek to enhance the ability of young people to develop leadership skills as they grow into young adults.
Many of the other NRC "Hot Topics" are relevant to the process of achieving permanency for the young people involved with child welfare systems. Visit the list: