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1 Texas Permanency Values Training Who Wouldn’t Want a Family? Sue Badeau October

2 30 Years Ago, Mary Aged out of Care ~ Happy Birthday, Mary ~ You’re Free!

3 20 Years Ago, it was David’s Turn Its Safer in Jail

4 Today.... Irene Fails Deliberately to Stay in School, One more Year

5 Permanence: Voices of Youth Copyrighted by Casey Family Programs and Sue Hoag Badeau (2009).Permanency Values Training: Who Wouldn’t Want a Family? 5

6 Paradigm Shift: A change from one way of thinking to another. It's a revolution, a transformation, a sort of metamorphosis. It just does not happen, but rather it is driven by agents of change. (Kuhn, 1970)Paradigm Shift

7 Permanence: Role of Judges & Courts in achieving and supporting Permanence – NOT to DO social work, but serve as:  inspiration,  support  support for good social work and  accountability  accountability mechanism

8 MY CONNECTEDNESS CHART Interview Questions: 1.Tell me about one person who loves you? 2.Tell me about one person who teaches you – someone you learn from 3.Tell me about one person related to you biologically? 4.Tell me about one person you feel spiritually connected to – someone who shares your values or passions?

9 Permanence: What is It? – 5

10 PERMANENCE is NOT a place ~ Permanency is a state of mind, not a placement; Permanence is having the feeling that you are connected, That there is someone in the middle of the night who will answer your collect phone call Or miss you when you don’t show up Copyrighted by Casey Family Programs and Sue Hoag Badeau (2009).Permanency Values Training: Who Wouldn’t Want a Family? 10 What is Permanency? A Youth Perspective

11 Permanency: A Working Definition A parent or twoA parent or two – A parenting relationship with at least one adult IntentIntent – a mutual understanding that this relationship is intended to last forever Unconditional commitmentUnconditional commitment by the adult(s) ParticipationParticipation of all parties in the relationship Lifelong and mutualLifelong and mutual support and involvement Intimacy & Belonging –Intimacy & Belonging – “My son”, “my mom” StatusStatus How the world views your relationships Copyrighted by Casey Family Programs and Sue Hoag Badeau (2009).Permanency Values Training: Who Wouldn’t Want a Family? 11

12 Permanence: WHY is it hard to achieve for Older Youth? Impact of Trauma Unpacking the No Copyrighted by Casey Family Programs and Sue Hoag Badeau (2009).Permanency Values Training: Who Wouldn’t Want a Family? 12

13 You Expect This

14 But you get this!

15 The Invisible Suitcase About themselves About adults who care for them About the world in general The traumatic experiences & instability that characterize foster care shape children’s beliefs and expectations: These beliefs and expectations are like an invisible suitcase that children & youth carry with them from placement to placement, from school to school, family to family, job to job ~ everywhere they go. - Sue Hoag Badeau

16 Sometimes the biggest casualty is a sense of HOPE “In foster care, you never get a chance to DREAM” “Goals, goals, goals – everyone always talking about goals, no one ever asking me about MY GOALS.” “When I was in foster care I never BELIEVED I could grow up to be somebody” “Who asks a foster kid, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ – Heck, I wasn’t even sure if I would live to GROW UP!”

17 Today’s MOST Important Message: There IS HOPE ~ Children CAN HEAL ~ Lasting relationships with caring adults CAN HELP!

18 Permanence: WHO NEEDS IT? Copyrighted by Casey Family Programs and Sue Hoag Badeau (2009).Permanency Values Training: Who Wouldn’t Want a Family? 18

19 Creating a Context – Bringing it Home IS PERMANENCE FOR ME? Over 18? ~ 21? Competent? ~ Do I have Skills? Do I use services? Why need a family? My own permanent family – Under one roof?

20 Youth in Foster Care: What do they need? “ Who wouldn’t want a family? Who wouldn’t want to have a family to spend holidays with, to call when things don’t go right, or to call when things are great to celebrate? Who wouldn’t want that?” Safety = both physical & psychological Permanent Family Connections and Caring Adults Skills & Resources Appropriate Supportive Services

21 Genuine Permanence ~ How do you know it when you see it? 3 Tests The “Miss-me-when-I- don’t-show-up” Test The “Age 34” Test The “Hospital” Test

22 Five Stories - 1 st – Tammy – “Miss Me Test”

23 JD – “Miss Me Test” AND the Importance of the Sibling Bond

24 3 rd Story – Renee – “Age 34 Test”

25 4 th Story – Peggy – “All 3 tests”

26 Cheyenne Raul & Dylan They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint Isaiah 40:31

27 Permanence: WHY is it hard to achieve for Older Youth? Impact of Trauma Unpacking the No Copyrighted by Casey Family Programs and Sue Hoag Badeau (2009).Permanency Values Training: Who Wouldn’t Want a Family? 27

28 When a Youth Says “NO” I am ready for independence, I don’t need more adults telling me what to do!I am ready for independence, I don’t need more adults telling me what to do! I don’t want to get dragged down by my crazy family and their issuesI don’t want to get dragged down by my crazy family and their issues Adoption is for babies – I am not a baby!Adoption is for babies – I am not a baby! I am happy where I am – I don’t want to moveI am happy where I am – I don’t want to move I don’t want to lose important connections to my siblings, grandparents, birth parents, former foster parentsI don’t want to lose important connections to my siblings, grandparents, birth parents, former foster parents I need to protect myself from being hurt again!I need to protect myself from being hurt again! I don’t want to change my nameI don’t want to change my name I’m scaredI’m scared No one will want meNo one will want me

29 When we Give the Youth the “POWER of the NO” – we say You are not lovable No one would want you anyway There is no hope for your future You are not important enough for me to exert myself trying to find you a family

30 Getting Past the “NO” - TOOLS Connections Chart Genogram, Ecomap Placement Mapping Permanency Oriented File Review Permanency Pact (Foster Club) Strategic use of visits Lifebook – traditional, or Digital Stories Visioning Goals, Hopes, Dreams

31 Give All Youth A Voice in their Own Lives ~ Nothing About Me Without Me These young people are often invisible to the systems and courts that serve them “There’s not much interaction or input when you go to court. You’re not included. My judge never interacts with me. I feel like no one actually listens.” 12 year old in Nebraska

32 “Having a child in court will benefit both the child, by increasing their participation and understanding, and the process, by forcing other players to deal with the child as an individual.” Attorney from New York

33 “Going to court was helpful because it kept me informed of what was going to happen, it allowed me to be able to share my concerns and wishes, and it helped me better understand the legal aspects of being in care.” Foster care alumna from New York

34 “It was scary but it felt like I had some control.” Foster care alumna in California “It is worth it to go to court. If you hear things from others, it might not be the truth.” 15 year old foster youth in Nebraska

35 Pathways to Permanency: What will it take?: Overview of Key Strategies

36 If we understand the importance of permanence – why can’t we achieve it for all of our children and youth? “ FAMILIESARENOWHERE” Copyrighted by Casey Family Programs and Sue Hoag Badeau (2009).Permanency Values Training: Who Wouldn’t Want a Family?36

37 Many Doors to Permanency Youth are reunified safely Youth are adopted Youth permanently reside with legal guardians Youth are connected to kinship or customary adoption networks Youth are safely placed in another planned alternative permanent living arrangement which is closely reviewed for appropriateness every six months (APPLA)

38 = Forever “P.O’ed” “Permanency Oriented”EVERYONE needs to be “P.O’ed” (Nancy Salyers) “Permanency Oriented” URGENCYKeep a sense of URGENCY TEAM APPROACHUse a TEAM APPROACH for planning and decision making WHOThink about WHO to include 5 Steps + 5 Networks + 5 Questions

39 FIVE Steps FIVE Steps for Creating An Individual Permanency Plan 1.Preparation 2.Gathering a Team 3.Developing a Plan 4.Investigating Resources 5.On-going Follow up, De- Briefing, continual learning & quality assurance

40 Step One: Preparation - Permanency Options Does planning for permanence begin immediately upon involvement in the case? Are all options discussed and understood by agency staff? Courts? Advocates? Youth? Parents & other prospective caregivers? Are tools such as comparison charts available? Is full team engaged in review of all permanency options to make informed decision about best option for individual youth

41 Step 2 – Creating the Team ~ WHO Step 2 – Creating the Team ~ WHO Needs to Be Included as Part of the Team? WHO does this young person SPEND TIME with? WHO did he EVER spend time with? WHO is CONNECTED to him – even if they don’t know it? WHO has EXPERTISE related to his needs? WHO has a NETWORK related to his interests, talents, strengths?

42 Step 3 – Create and work the plan FIVE KEY QUESTIONS What will it takeWhat will it take? try againWhat can we try again that has been tried before? do differentlyWhat can we do differently? do concurrentlyWhat can we do concurrently? engage the youthHow can we engage the youth in developing & implementing the plan?

43 Step 4: Investigating Resources Identify both formal and informal resources –Use resources the youth is familiar with as a starting pt Formal resources – agencies, providers –Applications, enrollment, waiting period –Eligibility, fees, alternatives Informal resources –Current foster family –Extended family, “fictive” kin, neighbors –Peers, social network of the youth –Community of faith, other NGOs –Civic orgs, Corp/business community

44 Step Five ~ Follow up: Provi & On-Going Support Ensure that each step of the plan is being implemented Purposeful/P.O.’ed activities on visits, i.e. lifebook, journaling, art, hobbies (strength-building) Check back, revise, modify from time to time as needed Post-permanency services must be put in place to support any permanency plan

45 “P.O’ed” Are we “P.O’ed” Yet? For powerpoint or other materials:

46 Summary of Key Points No child should ever grow up in foster care ~ Permanency is vital for healthy development and well-being in all children and youth. Permanency is possible and achievable for all children and youth. Meaningful, effective engagement of the youth, parents, caregivers and other significant people is the key to successful permanency outcomes. Using a team approach improves engagement opportunities and permanency outcomes There are skills, strategies and specific casework behaviors that, when consistently applied, can enhance practice and improve outcomes.

47 I Always Thought I Was Adoptable I always thought that I was adoptable even though I was 16 years old, but my social worker kept saying I was too old every time I asked him about it. I worked after- school at this hardware store and the guy who owned it was so kind to me. He was such a good guy and I always talked to him. I never really told him I was in foster care, but one day when we got to talking, he started to ask me a lot of questions about my family and then about life in foster care. I invited him to my case conference because my social worker said I could invite anyone who I wanted to, and at that point he asked about adoption. I was shocked at first, but it made sense. We finalized my adoption three months ago. That day was the happiest day of my life. - Former foster youth


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