Permanency is both a process and a result that includes involvement of the youth as a participant or leader in finding a permanent connection with at least one committed adult who provides:
A broad array of individualized permanency options exist; reunification and adoption are an important two among many that may be appropriate.
DEFINITION OF A PERMANENT LIFELONG CONNECTION
An adult who consistently states and demonstrates that she or he has entered an unconditional, lifelong parent-like relationship with the youth. The youth agrees that the adult will play this role in his or her life.
CHECKLIST TO ASSURE A CONNECTION IS PERMANENT WHEN IT'S NOT LEGAL PERMANENCY
How can you know if someone is indeed a "permanent connection" for a youth? The Checklist asks about specific actions and decisions that can be used to determine if a permanent connection truly exists, particularly when there is no legal permanence (i.e. adoption, guardianship, reunification).
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DEFINITION OF PERMANENCY