Kinship Support Services Program
Providing supportive services to kinship families living in Alameda County at no cost to families
Assisting children, youth, and Non-Minor Dependents (NMDs) receiving permanent placement
The Permanent Youth Connections (PYC) Program recognizes that foster care placement is meant to be temporary in nature. PYC is committed to assisting children, youth, and Non-Minor Dependents (NMDs) receiving permanent placement or supportive transition to adulthood services in achieving a permanent family through reunification, adoption, legal guardianship, or other lifelong connection to caring adults, including at least one adult who will provide a permanent, parent-like relationship for the child or Non-Minor Dependent.
The goals of PYC are:
When we speak about children, youth, and non-minors achieving “permanency,” we mean a permanent connection to a supportive, committed adult who takes on a parental role in their life and provides:
When we speak of “legal permanency,” we refer to the rights and benefits of a secure legal and social family status, which may take the following forms:
* Includes NMD Adoption for 18 – 20 yr. olds. Adult Adoption may be an option for non-minors after Juvenile Court dependency has been dismissed.
Relational permanency refers to the primary attachments, family and other significant relationships that offer trust and reciprocity. Although some children, youth, and non-minors have found satisfying relational permanence through relationships without a legal status, others have only felt secure when a committed emotional relationship was legalized through adoption or legal guardianship.
When legal permanency cannot be achieved, a plan of Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA) can be made more secure by assuring the permanent commitment of a person, not just a place to live, and reinforcing that relationship with rituals, ceremonies, inclusion in a family’s legal will, a legal name change, and / or other symbols of “belonging” or “claiming.”
If you would like to be the permanent connection for a child, youth, or non-minor in foster care, please contact the young person’s Child Welfare Worker. Call the RFA Caregiver Recruitment Hotiline: (510) 259-3575 or visit myresourcefamily.org for information about becoming a resource family.