Providing permanency to a child is one of the most life changing events a family will experience. The family profile process is vital to exploring with the family their ability to provide a child with a safe, nurturing and committed home. It is critical that all families have the information they need to make decisions through the permanency process. Integral to the process is identifying strengths and resources the family will access following placement along with envisioning the challenges they may experience.
In Pennsylvania, Family Profile incorporates training for prospective families on specific topics, including attachment, grief and loss, and setting expectations. A written document is produced that is used to provide the county children and youth agencies with information needed in selecting a family for a child and by the court during finalization proceedings.
To find out more about how Family Preparation and Profile supports permanency, please contact the Program/Development office.