Permanency in a Cookie Jar

  “As soon as we pulled into the driveway, 11-year-old Jenny* blew past me and let herself in through the front door, dropped her bag, kicked off her shoes, and ran to the kitchen. I’ve taken a lot of kids to foster homes for placement, and none of them act the way she did. You…

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Achieving Lifelong Family Permanency

THE ISSUE Foster care is intended to be a temporary intervention in the life of a child. Yet far too many children stay in foster care too long and move too often – exacerbating the trauma that led to the child being removed from their family in the first place. Likewise, too many youth age-out…

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Permanent, Chosen Family: Lamar’s Story

Lamar Graham chose to age out of the foster care system even though he had a supportive foster family willing to adopt him. It was a decision the Franklin County teenager made out of loyalty to his birth family. “I thought adoption was a sell out and that I would lose ties to my biological…

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