Permanency Planning

Permanency planning is the process of assessing and preparing a child for long term care when in out-of-home placements such as kinship, foster care or institutions. A care plan must centre on what is in the child’s best interests, and therefore requires an ongoing assessment of the child and her needs. A guardian may be appointed as a further protection of a child’s rights. 

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Katherine H Shelton, Coralie Merchant, Jane Lynch - Adoption & Fostering,

This article describes a major development in child care practice in Wales that has occurred over the past two years. The Adopting Together Service (ATS) involves a unique, innovative and multi-layered collaboration between the voluntary adoption agencies (VAAs – non-governmental charities) and regional adoption teams (statutory agencies) to secure permanence for children who wait the longest to find families.

William Coman, Lynda McGill, Michelle Rainey - Adoption & Fostering,

This article summarises the Narrative Model and shows how it supports placement stability for children.

Miracle Foundation,

This guidance from Miracle Foundation outlines case management process and tools aimed at children in Child Care Institutions (CCIs) in India who have been placed with their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of these case management processes and tools is to determine feasibility of permanent placement and expedite family-based care in families in which children were placed quickly and without proper preparation during COVID-19 lockdown.

Ruth M.Chambers, et al - Children and Youth Services Review,

This qualitative research study examined foster care alumni’s advice for youth in care, caregivers, and child welfare caseworkers on how to best handle placements moves.

Allison Vreeland, et al - Child Abuse & Neglect,

The objective of this study was to examine the utility of child protective services data in identifying predictors of placement disruption.

Becky F. Antle, Anita P. Barbee, Bibhuti K. Sar, Dana J. Sullivan, Kirsten Tarter - Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services,

This research examined the impact of individual and relational characteristics of foster parents on permanency outcomes for children in care.

Cynthia Osborne, Hilary Warner-Doe, McKenna LeClear, Holly Sexton - Child Maltreatment,

The present study is the largest and most rigorous study to date on the effects of being appointed a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) on permanency outcomes of children in foster care.

Better Care Network,

Comprised of 12 videos and accompanying discussion guides, this video series features the learning from practitioners working across a range of care-related programs and practices in Cambodia.

Better Care Network,

This video shares insights from the Angkor Hospital for Children social work unit’s key learning around what leads to abandonment, how to work with families to identify and solve underlying issues, how to engage and communicate with families and how to identify risk indicators for abandonment.

Amy C. D’Andrade - Social Service Review,

In this qualitative study, attorneys, caseworkers, managers, and service providers from four jurisdictions are interviewed to understand practice and decision-making in reunification case planning and service delivery.