Permanency Planning With Youth

When partnering with youth to plan, professionals should first focus on building a trusting and supportive relationship and creating a welcoming space—to allow them to open up and explore their identities and who is important to them. When youth are connected to their roots, they can build strong identities. Providing youth with this foundation will help them as they develop new relationships in permanency. Through youth engagement, professionals and youth can find points of connection together. The resources below will help professionals as they permanency plan with youth.

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Assessing the Racial and Ethnic Cultural Competence of Your Support Services

"Being Anti-Racist: A Critical Way to Support Children of Color in Foster Care and Adoption"
Murph-Brown & Stevens
North American Council on Adoptable Children

"Culturally Responsive Engagement and Partnership" [Video]
Capacity Building Center for States

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents
Child Welfare Information Gateway

Supporting Native Youth Into Adulthood
Capacity Building Center for Tribes

Tribal Customary Adoption
Capacity Building Center for Tribes