Process Evaluation Report / Permanency Roundtable Project
Georgia Department of Human Services/Division of Family and Children Services and Casey Family Programs
October 2009

Report Provides Guidance on Permanency Roundtables
This report is a collaboration of the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Care Solutions, Inc., and Casey Family Programs. It provides guidance to child welfare agencies that might benefit from the innovative permanency roundtable approach the state of Georgia is employing to find family homes for children who are considered “stuck” in the foster care system.

“Permanency Roundtable: Process Evaluation Report” shows how Casey Family Programs worked with the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) to address permanency for nearly 500 children who had been in foster care for long periods of time.

This report is a part of the Permanency Roundtable Project.

While most of the nearly 500 children had been in foster care for more than 24 months, about one in five had been in care for shorter periods, ranging from 13 to 18 months.

Prior to the roundtables, case managers identified 841 key barriers across all cases to permanency. It was found that nearly two-thirds of the children, a key barrier was a child issue, while for just over one-third of the children, a key barrier was a birth family issue.

The key outcome of the roundtable consultations was the development of a permanency action plan for each child, with specific steps for moving the child toward permanency.It is hoped that the successful implementation and hard work of all participants will translate into greater permanency for youth in DFCS care.









Executive Summary
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Full Report
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