“Permanency is Possible!”. Promoting Permanency in Challenging Cases. Children’s Home Society of NC. Mission Statement. To promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe, and loving family. Learning Objectives. D efine physical, emotional, and legal permanence
Promoting Permanency in Challenging Cases
To promote the right of every child to a permanent, safe, and loving family.
“Healthy development depends on the quality and reliability of a young child’s relationships with the important people in his or her life, both within and outside the family. Even the development of a child’s brain architecture depends on the establishment of these relationships.” 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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* Child Trends (2012). Foster Care. Retrieved from www.childtrendsdatabank.org/?q=node/199.
Common characteristics of cases in which permanence seems “impossible.”
“People say kids my age are hard to placeand that time is running out for me.Please don’t give up on trying.I’m already having trouble holding on to my hope.”
Core beliefs inherent in this approach are:
CHS provided Family Finding services in three North Carolina counties from 2008-2011 through the pilot project funded by the Duke Endowment.
Andria: first born
Audry: second born
Andrae: third born
In foster care since March 2008
Living at a residential care facility at referral
Family Finding occurred June – October 2009
Initial interview with DSS Social Worker
Identified 12 known relatives / adult connections.
Initial meeting with the youth (as a group, and individually)
Identified several additional relatives, some deceased, most last names unknown.
Reviewed the DSS case file
Conducted Internet searches
Filmed of the Family Finding Chronicle Video
Calls / visits / letters to known connections to continue to answer the question “How big is the family tree?”
GOAL of the Blended Perspectives Meeting:
Focus on the emotional state of each youth resulting from lack of family connectedness and the need for acceptance, safety, and committed unconditional love.
Five Attendees: Two Maternal Aunts, Maternal First Cousin, Paternal Grandmother, Paternal Great Aunt.
Update from the social worker
Viewed Family Finding Chronicle Video
Family Strengths, Youth’s Strengths, Youth’s Needs
Greatest Unmet Needs Statement: “We believe that the youth need non-judgmental, supportive family that will love and support them unconditionally.”
GOAL of the Decision Making Meeting:
To discuss ways in terms of unconditional committed love, acceptance and safety, each family member plans to continuously and consistently participate in the siblings lives and support other family members’ commitments.
Reviewed the Family Strengths, Unmet Needs, and the Greatest Unmet Needs Statement.
Identified a Family Leader
Identified Legal and Relational Permanency Plans
Planned a Sweet 16 birthday celebration!
The team will have supported the child and their family to plan for and access essential formal and informal supports.
Maternal Aunt as a legal caregiver
Access to therapy to address grief and loss, healthy eating habits and anger management.
The team will emphasize natural and community supports that are the most normative and enduring.
Continued family gatherings and opportunities to build relationships with family members
Family Team Leader included in CFT and other important team meetings
Total # of known relatives or other resources at referral: 12
Total # of known relatives/resources with current connections at referral: 5
Total # of relatives/resources discovered during Family Finding 81
Total # of relatives resources stating commitment to ongoing connectedness: 9
Total # of relatives/resources interested in being considered for permanency: 3
Permanency is Possible!
Family Engagement and Permanency Services training
Kevin Campbell, Founder - National Institute for Permanent Family Connectedness
Professional Training Team
Children’s Home Society