Better Days. Priority of Permanency. A journey with former foster youth, Tawny Spinelli. Before Foster Care…. Abuse/Neglect Housing Instability Poverty Rejection. Attachment Issues Behavioral Problems Distrust of Caregivers Poor Self-Esteem Acting Out Lower School Performance
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A journey with former foster youth, Tawny Spinelli
The more placements foster youth have, the less connected they feel with their parental figures and therefore, are more likely to become pregnant (Boonstra, 2011).
(Midwest Study, 2010)
Vanderbilt Graduate 2011 Texas. (Kids Count Data)
#1. You can’t legislate permanency. However, policies can be created and implemented to allow opportunities for permanency. (CASA, Mentoring, Placement Stability, Legal Check-ins)
#2. Kids don’t stop needing permanency when they turn 18 or 21. It’s, as implicated by the word, a permanent need.
#3 Early permanency is what helps to break the cycle.