At Partnerships for Permanence (P4P), we strive to involve adults and young people equally in our work.
P4P team teaches professionals within the child welfare system to better advocate for young people through skills-building workshops around communication, advocacy, and shared leadership.
Our workshops put young people in the role of facilitating change in their own lives to the fullest extent.
NEWS AND UPDATES
MAY THROUGH JULY 2017
PARTNERSHIPS FOR PERMANENCE
LISTENING SESSIONS WITH CHILD WELFARE PROFESSIONALS
Special thanks to the following agency partners that attended our
First Annual Child Welfare Listening Sessions:
The Graves Foundation, Department of Human Services, Sauer Foundation, St. Paul Youth Services, The Collective Lab, Lutheran Social Services/ Children's Home Society, Family Alternatives, Ampersand Families, Connections to Independence, and Ramsey County Human Services.
March through April 2017: P4P Listening Sessions with Foster and Adoptive Youth & Parents
We had the opportunity to work with talented youth consultants and professionals to conduct listening sessions with over twenty youth and ten parents. Stay tuned for more information about this project. Special thanks to Connections to Independence, High School of Recording Arts, Black Liberation Project and the adoptive parents that participated in this youth-adult partnership event.
January through July 2017: Networking and Collaborations
This year we are planning to collaborate with amazing individuals, agencies and funders. The goal is to increase our pool of partners that champion our cause and mission. If you are interested in becoming a partner, please contact us below.
P4P Team Celebrating the New Year
DECEMBER 2016: HOLIDAY GATHERING FOR FOSTER ALUMNI AND ADOPTEEs
Our team celebrated the Holidays with fellow foster alumni and adoptees for a 'family style' dining and gift exchanges. It was a great opportunity to MINGLE, LAUGH and CONNECT!!!
2016 P4P and AFAAD Holiday Party
SEPTEMBER 2016: PRESENTED TWO WORKSHOPS AT THE STATEWIDE GUARDIAN AD LITEM CONFERENCE
Partnerships for Permanence facilitated two workshops. Each workshop was co-facilitated by trained young adults, and a portion of the session was devoted to them sharing their personal stories as former foster youth and adoptees.
Workshop Topic 1: Youth-Adult Partnerships - Permanency 101 (90 minutes). P4P Team helped participants find their way to more authentic engagement with young people, and be able to work TOGETHER with them toward greater permanency.
Goal: To help professionals develop the skills to authentically engage with young people around permanency planning.
Workshop Topic 2: How to adaptive and responsive to youth (90 minutes) Do you struggle with communication with your youth around case planning? What are important goals that youth and adults can work towards? P4P Team helped participants create meaningful and powerful opportunities for communication and growth with youth.
Goal: Provide practical applications for how participants can become stronger advocates for youth. Share tips and recommendations for how professionals can be more adaptive and responsive to youth in crisis.
JULY 2016: PRESENTING P4P SOCIAL: aN ONLINE FORUM FOR FOSTER aLUMNI AND ADOPTEES:
Our team created and launched a youth-facilitated online forum discussion for current and former foster youth and adoptees, called "P4P Social". If you or someone you know would like to join the discussion every 1st Tuesday of the month from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., please contact us below for more information.
July 2016: excited to announce affiliate relationship with GIFT Family Services
Our hope is to connect with foster and adoptive families and offer consultation services to the team at GIFT Family Services and provide support to the families starting their adoption journeys.
June 2016: Roundtable Discussion for Hennepin and Ramsey County Guardian ad Litem Program.
This was an AMAZING experience for our team to have received rave reviews about our training from an audience of child advocates.
Many thanks to CASA Minnesota for sponsoring the event.
P4P team members at Hennepin and Ramsey County GAL Event.
This event was a fundraiser for foster and adoptive kids and families to participate in ride along around the Dakota County Technical College Race Track in amazing luxury vehicles. This event is open to all ages and the goal was to raise money for us to help kids and foster families.
Everyone will need to sign a waiver before getting in the passenger seat and driving around the track with the respective driver. Professional photos of you with the vehicle are complimentary.
May 23,2016: P4P Social
Are you between the ages of 12-25, and have experienced foster care or adoption? We have a great opportunity for youth and adults to join an online forum moderated by fosterees and adoptees.
Learn about resources, hear stories from youth and professionals and use your voice to inspire change!!!! Contact us to register and join “P4P Social” our online forum.
It is a fun and safe way to connect online with youth and professionals in child welfare. Discussion topics include: #RealTalk – FamilyMatters, #FosterCareandAdoptionStruggles and #LifeAfterFosterCare. Let’s tell our stories and inspire change….
September 2015: HEALING THROUGH LETTERS
Write and send us a 1-2 page anonymous letter to the person or people (social worker, judge, foster or adoptive parent, school teacher etc.) that made an impact or hurt you during your foster care experience.
The purpose of this letter is to help you release and reflect on lessons learned. Your letter will be used in our new project’s (Partnerships for Permanence “P4P”) awareness campaign.
We will post the letters on our website and presentations, and could site your name if you feel comfortable with us doing so. As we work with professionals and youth in child welfare, we want to be able to share inspiring stories of young adults overcoming odds and inspiring personal growth.
Happy healing to everyone!
AUGUST 2014: FROM THE TWIN CITIES TO PHILADELPHIA! PARTNERSHIPS FOR PERMANENCE KICKS OFF EXCITING NEW INITIATIVES
Lola, Matt, D’Angelo, and Mikal had an amazing kick-off for Partnerships for Permanence August 6th-8th in Philadelphia with attendees at the National Resource Center for Youth Development’s National Pathways to Adulthood conference.
Our session at the conference pulled on case studies, research, and experiences of youth-adult partnerships (Y-APs) within systems of care. Youth leader D’Angelo facilitated an ice breaker called “The Closet” that illustrated the idea of young people not feeling safe to “come out” as being their full selves and expressing who they are. We closed the presentation by asking the professionals what they learned from the session and what would be useful for their daily work in the field.
We will be posting more media and tools that we have developed since the conference soon. Keep an eye out for that . . . and for those of you that met us at the conference . . . have you had a chance to think about your Y-AP Maps yet?
Thanks for a wonderful conference experience, and keep in touch!
– Lola, Matt, D’Angelo, and (in spirit) Mikal
Partnerships for Permanence
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