Permanency for Older Youth & Family Finding

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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: