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Permanency Framework

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Tessa Mulcair

on 15 May 2014

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Transcript of Permanency Framework

On average the Edmonton and Area Child and Family Services (CFS) has approximately

under permanent guardianship status
on an annual basis.
Child and Family
"Living in care presents several problems in my day-to-day life. To me, the hardest part is not having a "family". By family, I do not mean people who are simply related by blood or marriage. To me, family is people who love and genuinely care about one another. Sometimes, I don't feel like I have that."
Guiding Principles
Purpose and Vision
Permanency Framework

& Area
Planning for permanence should begin at entry into care,
and be child/youth driven, family-focused, culturally competent, continuous, and approached with the highest degree of urgency.
1900 children
Of that average, fewer than

attain legal permanency
7 %
youth age out of the system annually
Many of these children and youth are Aboriginal and are afforded special consideration when it comes to permanency.
It is the goal of the CFS that every child and youth attains a permanent family in a timely manner.

All children and youth have a right to a family and a place that feels like home. If it is not possible to place a child in permanent family, the goal is to forge lifetime connections with significant adults in that child's life before they leave care.

Permanence is about locating and supporting a lifetime family.
The CFS, in partnership with the larger community, have a responsibility to find a permanent relationship for each child and young person in our care.
"Permanence has no shelf life, no expiration date."

-Lane Simpson, National Resource Center for Casey Family Services
Permanency Definition
The CFS acknowledges three types of definitions
Relational permanency involves creating strong, long-lasting connections with biological family members/siblings, extended family, foster parents, social workers, youth workers, community members, and organizations.
Legal Permanency has to do with where the responsibility of guardianship for a young person rests (i.e. parents, social worker, and adoptive or private guardianship parents). In The Edmonton and Area CFS, this is attained through reunification and rescinding the PGO, adoption or private guardianship.
Physical permanency involves creating a safe, stable, healthy and lasting living arrangement.
Permanency is...
"Living with the freedom of the internal expectation of unconditional love and acceptance with the inherent knowing of who you are and where you belong."
"Permanency is a state of mind despite the transient nature of being; it is a sense that despite the trials and tribulations of life, some things will always be there, like a family."
"Permanency is a sense of trust in those looking after you when you are little; it is a sense that 'I am worth all this stuff the grownups do to help me grow up despite how I am or how I got here'."
"When we allow young people to leave foster care without helping them build or rebuild a genuine and lasting connection to a caring family, we are consigning far too many of them to lives of immense hardship, huge handicaps, and unhealed hurts."
Douglas W. Nelson,
President, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Permanency is urgent and must be expedited when possible.
Permanency is the belief and value that
every child and young person
deserves a permanent family relationship and that belief is paramount in this work.
Long term placement in group care is unacceptable.
Preparation for adulthood and permanency planning are integrated efforts.
Permanency begins at first placement. Stability is critical. Kinship is critical.
Permanency is reunification, even after PGO.
Permanency begins at intake, and assessment.
Permanency is family. Siblings should be kept together. Recognize that this is the longest lasting relationship that most people ever have.
Permanency is community and culture.
Permanency is everyone's responsibility, all levels are accountable.
Permanence is not a philosophical process, a plan, or a foster care placement, nor is it intended to be family relationship that lasts only until the child turns 18.
-Milly, youth in care
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