Achieving Permanence for Older Children and Youth in Foster by Benjamin Kerman Ph.D., Madelyn Freundlich M.S.W., Anthony

By Benjamin Kerman Ph.D., Madelyn Freundlich M.S.W., Anthony Maluccio

Through a singular integration of kid welfare info, coverage research, and evidence-informed adolescence permanency perform, the essays during this quantity convey the best way to in achieving and maintain relatives permanence for older youngsters and formative years in foster care. Researchers study what's recognized approximately permanency results for early life in foster care, how the present wisdom base should be utilized to enhance those results, and the instructions that destiny examine may still take to reinforce early life permanence perform and coverage. half 1 examines baby welfare facts referring to reunification, adoption, and relative custody and guardianship and the consequences for perform and coverage. half 2 addresses legislation, legislation, courtroom reform, and source allocation as very important elements in attaining and maintaining relations permanence. individuals learn the impression of coverage switch created by means of courtroom reform and suggest new federal and kingdom coverage instructions. half three outlines more than a few practices designed to accomplish kinfolk permanenc...

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2002). Family Diversity: Continuity and Change in the Contemporary Family. : Sage. Frey, L. (2005). A time for change: Permanency and preparation for adulthood. Connection (Winter/Spring): 5–7. Georgiades, S. D. (2005). Emancipated young adults’ perspectives on independent living programs. Families in Society 86(4): 503–10. , and D. Eitzen (1987). Diversity in American Families. New York: Harper and Row. Describing the Problem PART I A necessary foundation for the development of a successful policy and practice response to the permanence needs of youth in foster care is an accurate and detailed description of the challenges.

Although permanency planning is certainly not new to those familiar with foster care, efforts to achieve enduring connections to families for older children and youth too often have been sacrificed in the service of concentrating on preparation for independent living. In this volume, we explore the challenges that child welfare systems confront in meeting the permanency needs of older children and youth in foster care. We examine the potentially conflicting goals that can lead to the development of policies and practices that fail to support efforts to achieve and sustain enduring family relationships, and we propose practice and policy approaches that can guide effective permanency work with these children and youth.

Do the research findings make the case for urgency with regard to new policy and practice responses? In the chapters in this section, researchers—both those who presented at the roundtable and the respondents to those presentations—explore what is known from national data about youth who age out of foster care and those who leave care to family. They also examine the dynamics associated with “impermanence” when youth leave foster care. Policy Responses Federal, state, and local policies play a key role in defining permanence as a priority and in directing resources to permanency efforts and to preparation of youth in foster care for adulthood.

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