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CASAs can play a role in finding family. Helping your youth find caring adults can, more than anything else, improve his or her life.
Often “permanency” means 1) returning a child to his/her parents, 2) finalizing a legal guardianship or adoption. But what happens when the youth is older? What happens when the youth is 16 or 17 years old and adoption does not seem likely? For these children we often just begin “independent living.”
But is this enough? Who really lives independently?
Your goal as a CASA is to work with the youth and everyone else to ensure that the youth has meaningful, long-lasting connections with adults who care. If you can do that then you r youth will succeed.
Here are some resources that can help:
- Six Steps to Find a Family
- National Institute for Permanent Family Connectedness
- Digital Stories
- Family to Family Links
- California Connected by 25
- Achieving Permanency Expectations Guidelines (PDF)
An overview of Family Finding and achieving permanency for youth.
The Family Finding model, developed by Kevin A. Campbell, offers methods and strategies to locate and engage relatives of children currently living in out-of-home care.
Digital story telling about the importance of finding permanency for older youth, produced by Hunter College School of Social Work.
Resources relating to permanency gathered in one place.
An initiative to connect older youth with caring adults in California.
This guide serves as a model for agencies in finding family permanency for children and youth.