This Casey training program began when the prevailing child welfare model shifted from long-term foster care to a signature permanency program. Lifelong Families, created by our now defunct child welfare agency, promotes permanence through a practice called teaming. The goal of this curriculum is to train social workers in the implementation of the Lifelong Families permanency approach so kids in high-needs treatment foster care can find permanent families and improved well-being. The manual presents a comprehensive 2-day curriculum including agenda, assignments, presentations, handouts, daily modules with timetable and more.
The collaborative strategy deemed Teaming is key to the success of the Lifelong Families permanence approach.
Findings & Stats
Permanency is an enduring family relationship that is safe and meant to last a lifetime.
Children and youth are engaged in their own permanency planning and decision making.
Resource families are prepared for a major role in permanency team planning.
Statements & Quotations
The Lifelong Families model was developed specifically to facilitate permanency for a treatment foster care population (older youth with high-end mental health and behavioral needs). We believe that the model is relevant and adaptable to the general population of all youth in foster care.
Note that this philosophy guides the overall focus of the work with children and youth and families touched by the child welfare system. We are only in their lives because of concern about children/youth’s safety and well-being.