QIC-AG Permanency Continuum Framework: STAGE SETTING
For most children who enter foster care, reunification with their family of origin is the primary goal. However, reunification is not always possible, and therefore, it is critical to lay a foundation for concurrent planning that promotes adoption and guardianship. Laying this foundation helps promote timely permanence and provides a backup plan if reunification is not a viable option. The stage setting interval focuses on the critical period after a child has entered the child welfare system when information is obtained, decisions are made, and actions take place that will affect the trajectory and, ultimately, the permanency outcome for the child.
Capacity building elements occur in both pre- and post-permanency areas on the continuum. The QIC-AG will work with sites in the areas identified as capacity building (stage setting, preparation, and maintenance), to provide an array of supports and services. Staff from the QIC-AG will provide assistance with identifying promising and evidence-informed practices in these areas. However, the capacity building areas will not be the focus of the implementation or the evaluation.
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