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August 2016Vol. 17, No. 6Permanency Continuum Framework

The Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) created a framework to help guide its work with eight sites across the United States in developing evidence-based models to address the prepermanency and postpermanency support and service needs of children in foster care. The framework aims to help families get ready for the transition to permanency by ensuring families are equipped with the tools they need to address issues that may arise during the permanency process, with the hope of preventing disruption or dissolution.

The framework comprises eight intervals that address both the prepermanency and postpermanency sides of the process, such as activities to help prepare families for transition; interventions addressing the emotional, mental, and behavioral health needs of children; both universal and selective prevention services and supports; intensive services for families in crisis; and ongoing maintenance efforts. When applied as a whole, the intervals in the framework are meant to provide a comprehensive organizing principle to not only help children and families successfully transition from foster care to adoption or guardianship, but also maintain stability and well-being after permanency.

To learn more about the framework, visit the QIC-AG website at