Practice Guide

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.   

January 15, 2012

Lifelong Families Series

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    The 8 guiding principles of Casey’s child welfare permanency practice work.

  2. 2

    What permanence means and how to move a child/family in this direction.

  3. 3

    How to write a permanency planning assessment.

  4. 4

    The importance of collaboration and teaming.

  1. 5

    How to recruit and support resource families.

Key Takeaway

Family Strengthening helps families stay together while navigating the child welfare system

In [Family Strengthening Services] FSS, services are designed to preserve families who have been involved or are at risk of becoming involved in state child welfare systems. By of­fering counseling and support, social workers help ensure that youth stay with their legal families, keeping a permanent family bond intact. 

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