Permanency Papers


Agency Permanency Practice

  • Alameda County Group Home StepUp Project: Moving Up & Out of Congregate Care: Final Report (2005)
    This report presents the findings and recommendations from Alameda County's Group Home StepUp Project, a six-month project designed to achieve permanent connections for adolescents in Group Home care.

Group Home StepUp Project Final Report

  • Permanence for Young People Framework (2004)
    National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning, Casey Family Services, and the Casey Center for Effective Child Welfare Practice
    A framework developed by experts that can be used by public child welfare agencies (throughout the country) to improve practice. Includes six key components for successfully identifying and supporting permanent family relationship for young people in out-of-home care.

Permanence for Youth People Framework

  • Best Practices on Permanency for Older Youth (2003)
    National Youth Permanency Convening A workgroup report from the 2003 National Youth Permanency Convening, this document contains a set of recommendations that can be used as a best practices template for agencies moving adolescents to permanence. The recommendations focus on preparing the agency, workers, youth, and prospective families for achieving successful permanent placements for adolescents.

Best Practices on Permanency for Older Youth


  • Raising Our Children Together (2004)
    Inter-City Family Resources Network, Inc.
    Recommendations for reducing the disproportionality of African American children in San Francisco's child welfare system.

Raising Our Children Together

Family Finding and Engagement

  • Hunting for Grandma (2006)
    Martha Shirk
    Describes the family finding strategies to connect foster kids with relatives and permanent homes.

Hunting for Grandma

  • Lighting the Fire of Urgency: Families Lost and Found in America's Child Welfare System (no date)
    Kevin A. Campbell, Sherry Castro, Nicole Huston, Don Koenig, John Rose, MD, and Mary Stone-Smith
    Considering frameworks both outside and inside child welfare traditions, this article calls for a "determined sense of urgency and purpose" in engaging family of foster care youth.

Lighting the Fire of Urgency

Grief and Loss

  • The 3-5-7 Model: Preparing Children for Permanency (2004)
    Darla L. Henry A key factor is achieving permanence with youth is grief and loss work. Too often, foster youth have grown accustomed to feeling that they have no chance for permanence, and initially refuse to consider permanence as an option so as not to be once again abandoned and hurt. This model has been implemented statewide in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

3-5-7- Model