Casey Family Services, through its Lifelong Families practice, offered a continuum of child welfare services supporting the safety and well-being of kids and families. This now non-operational division of the Casey Foundation organized these services into two categories: 1) family strengthening, and 2) permanency planning. This manual outlines how social workers identified, assigned and handled cases using the Family Strengthening Services (FSS) and Permanency Planning Services (PSS) framework. Each section of the manual includes an introduction, timeframe for service delivery, process narrative and FSS/PSS procedural framework, along with a list of relevant forms and administrative staff procedures.
Family Strengthening helps families stay together while navigating the child welfare system
Findings & Stats
Permanency is an enduring family relationship that is safe and meant to last a lifetime.
Bridging to Permanence
The social worker relationship is a “bridge” to safe, stable and permanently secure family relationships.
Safety through Planning
The written service plan guides the work to achieve the highest level of safety, permanency and well-being for these families.
Family-strengthening services include 1) preventive work to preserve the family before a child is placed elsewhere, and 2) post-permanency work to ensure family stability after the child is returned.
Statements & Quotations
We define family broadly to include birth parents and siblings; blood and legal relatives; tribal members; godparents; fictive kin; current and/or past caregivers; adoptive and foster parents or guardians; and other individuals who are important.
Recognizing the connection between poverty and child maltreatment, we work to im¬prove the social and economic stability of families and neighborhoods to make certain that youth do not enter the foster care system due to poverty alone.
We believe that reliable, nurturing families have the power to facilitate growth and positive change in youth.
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