100739: Permanency for Children and Families: Examples of Mediation and Kinship Care

About the Course:

This course contains two articles. Article 1 ( Kinship Care and Permanence: Guiding Principles for Policy and Practice ) The Iowa Mediation for Permanency Project (IMPP), a nonadversarial mediation-based approach founded on the principles of attachment and empowerment, is a promising way to achieve permanency for children, a national priority in child welfare established by The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997. The IMPP broadens the concept of permanency to include reunification and guardianship. The authors discuss its implementation, including qualifications and requirements of mediators, examine an independent evaluation of the results, and present two case histories. Article 2 ( Using Mediation to Achieve Permanency for Children and Families ) Children have been entering the custody of child welfare agencies at an ever-increasing rate over the past several years. Over 1/2 million children remained in foster care at the end of 2002—about half of whom are over age 9. This article reviews why kinship care is favored, and in part uses lessons learned from the Kinship Adoption Project in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to discuss barriers and permanence of kinship care, needed shifts in philosophy and policies, and practice strategies to promote permanence in kinship homes. Achieving successful outcomes for children in kinship care requires child welfare policy makers, administrators, and practitioners to make philosophical shifts, policy changes, and practice efforts that support kin caregivers and children. COURSE SYLLABUS See Course Descriptions above

Publication Date:

2004 /Vol. 85, No. 2


Tami Lorkovich, MSSA, LSW; Trista Piccola, MSSA; Victor Groza, PhD; Merri E. Brindo, MSSA, LSW; Jonnie Marks, PhD; Miriam J. Landsman, PhD; Gail Barber, MSW; Kathy Thompson, MSW

About the Authors:

(Article 1) Adoption Network Cleveland

(Article 1) Case Western Reserve University

(Article 1) Case Western Reserve University

(Article 1) Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau

(Article 1) Private Consultant Cleveland, OH

(Article 2) University of Iowa

(Article 2) Iowa Court Improvement Project

(Article 2) Iowa Court Improvement Project

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about mediation. It is appropriate for participants with all levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. identify why kinship care is a favored option.

  2. describe barriers to and facilitators of permanence in kinship homes.

  3. describe philosophical shifts, policy changes, and practice efforts that support kin caregivers and children.

  4. describe the characteristics, benefits, and challenges of utilizing a non-adversarial, mediation-based approach in permanence planning for children and families.

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