How Casey Promotes Permanence for Kids in Child Welfare

Posted February 6, 2012
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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We want the best for chil­dren in child wel­fare. That’s why we have led or joined in major reform efforts focused on per­ma­nence. Our work has:

  • Used inten­sive con­sult­ing to help child wel­fare agen­cies improve their per­ma­nen­cy rates.
  • Empha­sized that, when­ev­er pos­si­ble, kids need legal per­ma­nence in addi­tion to rela­tion­al permanence. 
  • Asked impor­tant ques­tions about how best to involve more fam­i­ly mem­bers in par­ent­ing kids.
  • Used inno­v­a­tive strate­gies to involve fam­i­lies in their children’s lives, includ­ing Team Deci­sion Mak­ing, Per­ma­nen­cy Team­ing, Fam­i­ly Search and Engage­ment and Ice­break­ers.
  • Improved fos­ter care prac­tice so more chil­dren are able to remain safe­ly in their homes, live with fam­i­ly or live in fos­ter homes in their home com­mu­ni­ties.
  • Sparked con­ver­sa­tions about children’s devel­op­men­tal need for attach­ments and explained the impor­tant impli­ca­tions of neu­ro­science for teens leav­ing fos­ter care.
  • Helped child wel­fare agen­cies place more chil­dren in fam­i­ly homes, not group care, since main­tain­ing and build­ing fam­i­ly attach­ments aids in achiev­ing permanence.
  • Pro­mot­ed poli­cies that increase permanence.
  • Devel­oped per­ma­nen­cy focused prac­tice tools, includ­ing a super­vi­so­ry prac­tice mod­el and child-and-fam­i­ly approach­es to dis­cussing per­ma­nence that focus on what fam­i­lies can offer, not what they cannot.

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