What Family Means to a Child
25 Things a Permanent Family Connection Can Mean to a Child or Teen
from Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services Permanency Guide (originally developed by Alameda County Social Services Agency and the California Permanency for Youth Project)
In its Call to Action, the Guide says that long-term foster care is no longer an acceptable plan for a child or youth. Few tragedies are greater for a child than being separated from a parent. The loss is compounded when family, friends, school and community are also lost. A child’s life is turned upside down and set adrift in foster care, unable to return home and with no other adult willing to commit. Achieving timely permanency through reunification, adoption or legal guardianship for every child in out of home care is a top priority. It is critical, it is urgent and it is achievable.
For a child, a permanent family can mean…
1. LIFELONG RELATIONSHIP
4. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
5. ONGOING SUPPORT
6. EXTENDED FAMILY-LIKE RELATIONSHIP
7. KNOWING THAT SOMEONE CARES
9. SOMEONE TO GO HOME TO
10. SHARING LIFE’S UPS AND DOWNS
11. SOMEONE TO CALL ON IN TIMES OF CRISIS
12. SOMEONE TO CALL ‘JUST BECAUSE’
13. BEING THERE
14. DEFINING FAMILY TOGETHER
15. SHARING HOLIDAYS
16. CELEBRATING SPECIAL TIMES TOGETHER
17. SOMEONE TO CHECK-IN WITH REGULARLY
18. SHARED HISTORY
19. ASSISTANCE AROUND MAJOR DECISIONS
20. GROWING AND CHANGING TOGETHER
21. BEING ACCEPTED NO MATTER WHAT
22. SOMEONE TO TRUST
23. HAVING SOMEONE TO STAND BY YOU
24. KNOWING SOMEONE IS PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
25. KNOWING THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONEblog comments powered by Disqus
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