Important First Step: Figure out how to go about and begin to develop a relationship with the youth that will allow you to have open communication about vulnerable issues, like permanency.
Ask the youth who is / was important to her / him.
Always use a strengths-based approach when working with youth – never assume any youth is inappropriate for a permanent connection.
It is important to understand the differences between “relational” versus placement oriented permanency.
When developing a case plan, include a plan of action for youth who are resistant to (or who is working through their grief, loss, rejection, and fears) the concept of permanency and / or a specific relationship.
Prepare a plan for helping youth work through grief, loss, rejection and fears.
Develop a plan to maintain connection with siblings and other biological or otherwise identified family.
Plan for post permanency support. In other words, after a permanent connection is established, how will it be nourished and supported? Who needs to be involved?
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