Re-examining and Re-defining Permanency from a Youth's Perspective

Author:Randi Mandelbaum
Position:Clinical Professor of Law, Annamay Sheppard Clinical Scholar, and Director, Child Advocacy Clinic, Rutgers-Newark School of Law. This Article is dedicated to the many foster youth who have touched me in so many ways and who have framed my perspective on what family means and should mean. Your resilience and perspective is both awe-inspiring and...

Federal and state laws mandate that efforts be made to find permanent families for all children placed in foster care, first, by reunifying them with their birth families or, when this is not possible, by securing alternate families through adoption or guardianship. Yet, for children older than age twelve in the foster care systems, there is less than a 50% chance this goal will be accomplished.... (see full summary)

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