ERIC Number: ED478788
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Permanency Planning: Creating Life Long Connections. What Does It Mean for Adolescents?
Charles, Kristi; Nelson, Jennifer
As part of their efforts to help the child welfare system develop integrated strategies, approaches, and policies that assist agencies as they recruit and prepare foster families, adoptive families, and staff to meet the needs of adolescents in foster care, the National Resource Center for Youth Development engaged in a year-long study of child welfare policy that included a review of federally funded adolescent adoption demonstration projects and sponsorship of a think tank to address the issues associated with the Adoption and Safe Families Act in relationship to adolescents. This three-part monograph provides information on issues and possibilities related to permanency for adolescents, implications of permanency on independent living services, and barriers to adolescent permanency. Part 1 provides an overview of the permanency issues for older youth in care, including a discussion of adolescent needs and barriers to adolescent adoption or permanent placements. Part 2 presents findings and outcomes of the Adolescents and Permanency Think Tank which brought together state independent living coordinators, state foster care workers, state adoption workers, and youth to work in small groups to identify specific strategies related to relationships with caring peers and adults, youth-driven change, youth-defined family connections, organization and workforce enhancement, and adoption as an option. Part 3 offers eight recommendations for achieving permanency for adolescents as a national agenda and challenge to states to focus on adolescents' specific needs. The report's four appendices list Think Tank partcipants and summarize group discussions and force field analysis results. (Contains 22 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Adoption, Agency Cooperation, Change Strategies, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Delivery Systems, Family Needs, Force Field Analysis, Foster Care, Foster Children, Foster Family, Independent Living, Interprofessional Relationship, State Agencies
University of Oklahoma, College of Continuing Education, National Resource Center for Youth Development, 4502 E/ 41st Street. Building 4W, Tulsa, OK 74135-2512. Tel: 918-660-3700; Fax: 918-660-3737; Web site: http://www.nrcys.ou.edu. For full text: http://www.nrcys.ou.edu/PDFs/Mono.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Adoption and Safe Families Act 1997