Partnerships for Permanence

Now with over 10 years of collective program experience in youth-adult partnerships.

What’s New?

Partnerships for Permanence is proud to announce our latest success - our September training for the Minnesota Guardian ad Litem Training Institute. In this month’s training, we presented for an audience of almost 300 guardian ad litems between the span of the 2-day conference. A special thanks to the Guardian ad Litem Program for their continued support and inviting us to present for the third time. We hope their audiences found the training to be both useful and enlightening.

Our Mission

Partnerships for Permanence is more than a 501(c)3 organization. It is a family. A family made from years of former foster youth and adoptees coming together to fulfill our mission of raising awareness and actively working to improve the child welfare system.

How do we do that?

  • By only employing former foster and adoptive youth;

  • By partnering adults with young people in our work;

  • By facilitating child welfare trainings for youth, professionals, and families; and

  • By teaching adult professionals how to better advocate for young people through skills-building workshops.

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Our Values

It is because of our team - because of their differing perspectives and life experiences - that P4P is as unique as it is today. We value every member of our team because they are:

  • Partners - our team breaks down walls using the youth-adult partnership model, in which both sides acknowledge each other’s expertise;

  • Authentic - our team speaks from their own personal experience in the child welfare system, and afterward;

  • Resilient - our team is comprised of youth who are high achievers in their personal and professional lives, despite stereotypes that predict the opposite;

  • Time-experienced - our team has had time to reflect on their collective experiences in child welfare; to assess what system improvements would have had a positive impact on their childhood; and are knowledgeable about what types of support are needed to help current foster children and adoptees within the child welfare system;

  • Necessary - our team is filled with former foster and adoptive youth - the kind of people who are necessary to see our mission through;

  • Enthusiastic - our team is comprised of passionate and motivated youth willing to push the boundaries of progress in the child welfare system; and

  • Reliable - our team are always there when we need them. And we are always there when they need us.

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Partnerships for Permanence is more than just a unified mission. Our diverse team of former foster youth and adoptees have a variety of beliefs. But there are some core beliefs that we share:

  • That foster care and adoption should not be stigmatized;

  • That children going through foster care and adoption can grow up into adults who achieve self-actualization, and who lead lives abounding in positivity, peace, and prosperity;

  • That young people leaving foster care need additional support, and that a network of other foster care alumni who are high achievers is one of the best factors to ensuring a stable transition to permanency; and

  • That young people are experts within the child welfare system, and that they gain power over their lives by using their stories as tools for healing and advocacy.

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Our History

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Have questions about our organization? Access our frequently asked questions page, or contact us to schedule a training or workshop with our team for your next event or conference.