Achievement of Child Permanency
Definition: Percentage of children who reach legal permanency
by reunification, guardianship, adoption, another planned permanent
living arrangement, or other legal categories within specific
Purpose: Child Permanency. To meet the ASFA goal that children
have permanency and stability in their living situations and
continuity of family relationships. Permanency is achieved
when children are returned to their families without further
court supervision, when children are adopted, or when children
are placed with permanent guardians. (42 U.S.C. Sec 675 (5)(c).
This measure is designed to determine whether children are
in permanent, secure homes within a reasonable time after their
placement in foster care. The courts share responsibility for
permanency because they decide when children will be permanently
placed and oversee the case planning and progress during the
life of the case.
Method: Computing this measure first requires recording the
disposition of child maltreatment cases by how permanency was
achieved. Both the raw numbers and percentages should be reported.
Analysis and Interpretation:
The purpose of this analysis is to determine how children
Case number or child identifier,
Date of original petition was filed
Date of case closure
Reason for case closure—reunification, guardianship,
adoption, or another planned permanent living arrangement.
Percent of children exiting foster care to permanency.
Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement is a permanent
legal arrangement for a child designed to promote stability
and permanency in a child’s life. 42 U.S. C. 475 (5)(c).
Planned means the arrangement is intended, considered and
deliberate. It is a category for arrangements other than
a return home, adoption, legal guardianship or placement
with a relative. It is used to replace the previous goals
of long term foster care and independent living/emancipation
because these could lead to frequent moves for the child.