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Then & Now: Looking Back and Moving Forward Activity and Discussion Guide
The journeys of children, youth, and families in child welfare are seldom a straight line. Typically, there are highs and lows and winding paths in between
Capacity Building Center for States
The Capacity Building Center for States’ Then and Now: Looking Back and Moving Forward in Support of Children, Youth, and Families video series (“Then and Now”) features five sets of digital stories that present family experiences at two points in time. Four adoptive parents and one young adult formerly in care tell their personal stories and speak candidly about moments of joy and accomplishment as well as struggles and sadness. Examining family experiences at different time periods can provide valuable insight into needed supports and services. Looking backward and forward provides a chance to identify actions and services that made a difference and to consider missed opportunities for what might have been helpful.
Capacity Building Center for States (2020). Then & Now: Looking Back and Moving Forward Activity and Discussion Guide. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Engagement and empowerment of youth in foster care can have powerful positive results for young people seeking permanency. Working toward legal permanency (i.e., reunification, adoption, or kinship care) and relational permanency (i.e., a relationship or connection with a caring adult) for older youth is an important goal for child welfare agencies (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2019).