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NACC Webinar: How to Use the Federal Reasonable Efforts Requirement to Advocate for Older Youth
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When: Tuesday, March 17th
2:00-3:30pm Eastern
Where: United States
Presenter: Kristen Pisani-Jacques, JD and Jenny Pokempner, JD
Contact: Daniel Trujillo

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Advocating for older youth in foster care presents unique challenges, barriers, and opportunities. While laws and service delivery have improved over time for transition-aged youth, data on permanency and transition outcomes continue to show that large numbers of older youth are leaving foster care without permanency and the skills they need to thrive as adults.


Recent developments in federal child welfare legislation can bolster advocates’ ability to improve permanency and transition outcomes for older youth. And longstanding provisions, like the reasonable efforts requirement, can be marshaled to support improved planning and services for older youth.


This webinar will examine the key provisions of federal legislation that can be used to improve outcomes for older youth. Areas of focus include:

  1. How to enforce the normalcy and reasonable and prudent parent provisions for youth of all ages and all placement settings,
  2. How to utilize the transition planning requirements to improve accountability, ensure service provision and inter-agency collaboration,
  3. How to use requirements around permanency planning, including the limitations on the use of APPLA, to ensure that older youth are connected with family, and
  4. How the reasonable efforts requirement can be used to leverage effective permanency services and sustain the focus on permanency as youth age.

The presenters will offer advocacy tips and strategies for incorporating these statutes in cases involving older youth. The webinar will also discuss common barriers to achieving permanency for older youth and the acquisition of adult living competencies after foster care, creative ways to address and mitigate those barriers, and how to empower clients to be active participants in their case plans. Through hypotheticals and case studies, participants will leave with concrete strategies for how to use the language of reasonable efforts to lead to stronger outcomes for youth emancipating from foster care.


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