• January 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 1

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Becoming a Permanence-Driven Organization

Anu Family Services, a treatment foster care agency, and the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare published a how-to guidebook for child welfare agencies on improving permanency outcomes for youth in care. After implementing evidence-informed practices and undergoing a cultural and organizational change, Anu Family Services improved permanency outcomes for youth by 84 percent. The guidebook is based on the organization's lessons learned from this work, which began in 2006.

The guidebook outlines the process for becoming a permanency-driven organization that include the following steps:

  • Culture change
  • Paper change
  • Process change
  • Performance change

A glossary of permanency terminology, permanency-related tools, and information about sustaining organizational change during times of diminishing resources also are included.

Creating a Permanence Driven Organization: A Guidebook for Change in Child Welfare is available on the Anu Family Services website:

http://www.anufs.org/forms/AnuGuide.pdf (9 MB)

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