Permanency

The permanency domain is divided into two separate outcomes: Permanency Outcome 1 and Permanency Outcome 2. Together, they contain 12 performance items.

Permanency Outcome 1, "Children have permanency and stability in their living situations," consists of item 5, item 6, item 7, item 8, item 9, and item 10. For Items 7 through 10, please remember this very important point: Item 7 assesses the appropriateness and timeliness of the goal or goals, while Items 8, 9 and 10 assess achievement of said goals.

Permanency Outcome 2, "The continuity of family relationships and connections is preserved for children," consists of item 11, item 12, item 13, item 14, item 15, and item 16.

In general, the permanency domain is concerned with the following questions:

  • Did the agency make good decisions to return a child to parents and provide services to prevent re-entry?
  • Is the child in a stable placement now, and how many placement changes did the child experience? If appropriate, was the child placed in the same foster home as his or her siblings? Was relative placement explored, and did it happen?
  • Were a permanency goal and all subsequent goals established in a timely manner, and were the goals appropriate?
  • Did the agency make concerted efforts to achieve the goal?
  • Was the child placed close enough for parents to have ongoing contacts? Did the agency make sure that visits occurred frequently enough?