If young people have permanence, they have family members — including at least one parenting adult — who intend to always be there for them.
There are two general ways to describe permanence: legal and relational. In legal permanence, a court order has cemented and validated a child’s relationship with a parenting youth. In relational permanence, a youth maintains lifelong connections with others, including at least one adult who serves as a meaningful and permanent parental figure. This connection is subjectively defined by the youth irrespective of a legal status.
This video tells the story of Leah and how she reunified with her birth mom through services provided by the Foundation's former direct service agency.
This report introduces the Practice Pathways Tool to help states partnering with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative identify effective practice components, evaluate existing practices and boost collaboration to advance comprehensive practice reform. The driving force behind the tool is simple: support smarter, sharper decision-making that improves the lives of youth exiting foster care.
This video — shown in nine chapters — is an inside look at the critical steps in the Permanency Teaming component of the Lifelong Families Model.
This video provides an inside look at the central component of the Lifelong Families Model — Permanency Teaming — while highlighting how the team discussion addresses other core components of the model.
This video shares the story of several young people from foster care who have achieved permanence and what it means for each of them.
This video provides an overview of Lifelong Families, a practice model developed and tested by our former direct service agency.
This brief discusses the meaning of social capital and how it affects the growth and development of kids in foster care. It’s part of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative issue brief series for youth engagement.