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Understanding the Permanency Process

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This training module addresses the importance of permanency for children in the child welfare system. The concept of permanency is defined and the interplay with attachment explained. Stability and permanency are contrasted with emphasis placed on permanency for a child over stability. The underlying practice philosophy that every child deserves a loving, permanent family to grow up in is outlined and connected to practice.

Current federal policy relating to permanency is also reviewed. Various permanency options for children are outlined, with priority placed on family preservation and reunification whenever possible. Action steps are provided for caseworkers working toward permanency for children. Case and practice examples are used to illustrate the priority of permanency in child welfare work.

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