Preparing Children and Youth for Adoption or Other Family Permanency 2 NBCC Hours
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Registration Requirements

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Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2013). Preparing children and youth for adoption or other family permanency. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau. 

Course Description

The subject matter in this course is "directly and primarily related to" the NBCC Content Area, Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issues which has been specified by the NBCC Continuing Education Provider Policy as acceptable content to qualify for NBCC continuing education credit.  This course is available for ACEP home study and offers 2 NBCC Hours.


This course requires the Participant to read and understand the attached article regarding preparation for permanency.  Children leaving out-of-home care for adoption or other family permanency require preparation and support in order to understand past events and to process feelings connection to their experiences of abuse and neglect, separation, loss, rejection and abandonment.


In Preparing Children and Youth for Adoption or Other Family Permanency, Participants will explore the evolution of permanency preparation.  Next, Participants will consider the importance of addressing past experiences in preparation for permanency, utilizing foundational principles in creating an overall approach for support and guidance and permanency preparation practices.  Additionally, Participants will learn from a number of actual permanency preparation programs.  Finally, Participants will be provided with a number of tools that workers may find useful in their permanency work with children and youth


This course is intended to provide child welfare professionals, mental health professionals and social workers with an overview of the services available for preparing children and youth for permanency relationships.

Learning Objectives
  • To be familiar with the evolution of permanency preparation practices

  • To be aware of promising practices for preparing children and youth for permanency

  • To explore a number of promising programs

  • To consider useful tools and resources for permanency work with children and youth

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