AS 5: Child and Youth Permanency
The organization participates in or facilitates a permanency planning
process with families to promote stability and permanency.
NA The organization does not provide care for children or youth in custody
of a public agency
or only provides Foster Care to Adoption Services.
NA The organization provides homestudy services only.
NA The organization provides post placement services only.
The permanency plan defines the permanency goal as adoption and specifies:
- activities that support the achievement of adoption; and
- a timeframe for completing the adoption.
When the case
involves an Indian child
, tribal definitions of permanency should be recognized and incorporated into the permanency plan.
Research Note: Tribal definitions of permanency can vary by tribe but generally focus on the concept of belonging through the identification and enhancement of the child's support networks including their exteneded family, clan, and tribe. Thus, permanency is the result of continuity and a sustained sense of belonging.
The child, parents, caregivers, and relevant professionals participate in a court or administrative case review at least every 6 months to assess:
- facilitation of therapeutic parent/child/sibling visitation, unless contraindicated;
- progress toward permanency;
- possible planning resources and options; and
- appropriateness of services.
Federal laws, state statutes or administrative rules may provide guidance about when and how administrative reviews are to be conducted. The case review may be conducted by or in collaboration with the public authority. The review is scheduled at times when appropriate parties can attend.
When the case involves an Indian child, a representative from the tribe or a local Indian organization
should receive timely notification of court or administrative case reviews, be given an opportunity to participate, and be informed of any changes made to the permanency plan.
The child receives information about progress toward achieving permanency as appropriate to his or her age, cultural needs, and developmental level.