Resource parents and NC’s permanency commitment

In North Carolina’s 2020-2024 Child and Family Services Plan, a 5-year strategic plan for its child welfare system, our state makes the following commitment to permanency: Children and youth in the foster care program will experience stability in foster care and achieve permanency in a timely manner and youth who do not achieve permanency will transition successfully into adulthood. This

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Paths to permanence for NC children & youth in foster care

What is “permanence” and how is it achieved in the context of North Carolina’s child welfare system? Legal Permanence The courts and child welfare system focus a great deal on achieving legal permanence for children and youth in foster care. Legal permanence occurs when the young person has a lasting, legally secure relationship with at least one adult. This adult

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Fostering Perspectives Turns 25!

Fostering Perspectives is celebrating its silver anniversary. This publication was born 25 years ago because the NC Division of Social Services and its partners wanted a way to inform, support, and speak directly to our state’s resource parents and child welfare professionals. To ensure it is accessible, practical, and helpful, from the beginning Fostering Perspectives has had an advisory group

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It’s the everyday things resource parents do

by Jamie Bazemore • We all know resource parents provide love, nurturing, and care to meet the immediate needs of young people in foster care. But their support for the child’s permanent plan is just as important. In this article, I’d like to highlight some of the ways resource parents take action every day to support permanence. The Permanent Plan

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What do youth think about relational permanence?

SaySo (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out), is a statewide, North Carolina-based association of youth aged 14 to 24 who are or have been in out-of-home care. This includes all types of substitute care, including foster care, group homes, and mental health placements. Every year on the first Saturday in March, SaySo holds a gathering where youth from all over North

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Placement stability: What resource parents can do

Moves for children and youth in foster care can be traumatic. They can also undermine permanency efforts. Changing placements can increase the risk a young person will develop behavioral challenges that make it harder to achieve reunification, adoption, or another permanency outcome (Casey Family Programs, 2018). The opposite is also true. A stable placement that meets their needs offers children

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