The Permanency Innovations Initiative is a federal government program that aims to reduce barriers to permanency for foster youth in America.
Over the next five years, the Children’s Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services will invest $100 million in individual projects, technical assistance, and site-specific and cross-site evaluation to test innovative approaches to serving this population – and develop knowledge about what works to improve their outcomes.
Six public-private partnerships have received grants to implement programs that take new approaches to reducing long-term foster care placements. Grantees are:
- The Arizona Department of Economic Security, which will provide intensive services to Native American and African American adolescents in central Arizona.
- The California Department of Social Services, which will create a partnership among state, local and non-profit agencies to service African American and Native American youth.
- The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which will provide trauma-focused therapy for youth who are at high risk of long-term placements.
- The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, which will create a countrywide system to address barriers to permanency and well-being for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning children and youth who are in foster care, the juvenile justice system, or homeless.
- The University of Kansas Center for Research, which will partner with four private providers to provide services for children with severe emotional disturbances.
- The Washoe County, Nevada, Department of Social Services, which will implement a Safety Intervention Permanency System to keep children safe, prevent them from coming into the dependency system, and improve permanency outcomes.
All projects are slated for implementation this month, July 2011.
We hope that this project will be successful in creating innovative and creative solutions for foster youth across America!