Core Services: Permanency Support
30th of August 2017
The Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) was designed so that children living out of their home would be provided the most appropriate placement in committed nurturing resource (foster) homes. Services and supports will be tailored based on each child’s needs. All of these services and supports fall into 6 Core Services: mental health, transition support upon entry, educational/physical/behavioral/extracurricular support, transition to adulthood support, permanency support, and Native American child services.
The Trinity Youth Services (TYS) team, along with our resource (foster) families, will directly provide the core services and support to children, Non-Minor Dependents (NMD) and their families, fulfilling the requirements of the CCR.
Last month we outlined the fourth core services, Transition to Adulthood Support. This month we will look at Permanency Support Services.
This core service is critical to all children in out of home care. The primary goal is to find a permanent home for each child so that they do not continue to grow up in foster care. Biological family is always the first choice to provide permanency, but when this option is not possible, resource parents step in to provide a permanent home.
TYS’s mission is “helping children and families create a better future.” We achieve this by assisting in reunification services including transporting to and monitoring family visitation. TYS also is an active participant in the Child and Family Team Meetings. TYS ensures that children are assessed and receive mental health services to assist in stabilizing and achieving permanency. TYS also provides appropriate assessment and matching for children and youth to achieve permanency. Additionally, our team supports all efforts to reunify or achieve adoption or guardianship and efforts to maintain or establish relationships with parents, siblings, extended family members, tribes, or others important to the child or youth, as appropriate.
Check back next month for our final blog on core services, which will focus on Native American child services.
Jackie Jakob, Foster Care and Adoptions Director
Having over 20 years’ experience, Jackie currently oversees Trinity Youth Services’ operations of foster care and adoptions programs throughout Southern California and in Houston, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in law and society from University of California Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in social work from California State University Long Beach and recently became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children attending various baseball, softball and judo meets. She is on the parent board for a judo dojo and is one of the troop leaders for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Additionally, she really enjoys running half marathons and aims to run 4 to 5 races each year.
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