2017 State Roundtable Report: Permanency Practice Initiative [Pennsylvania].
Pennsylvania State Roundtable. Permanency Practice Initiative.
State Resource Technical Report
Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, Office of Children and Families in the Courts
Pennsylvania Judicial Center 601 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 1500 PO Box 61260
Harrisburg, PA 17106-1260
This report discusses the activities and recommendations of the Pennsylvania State Roundtable’s Permanency Practice Initiative (PPI) Workgroup for 2017. It begins by explaining the underlying premise of the PPI is that enhanced judicial oversight combined with strength- based, family-led social work practice will ultimately increase the number of children safely maintained in their own homes and support expedited permanency either through safe reunification or the finalization of another permanent plan. Information is then provided on the participation of 37 counties in PPI, representing 79% of children in out-of-home care, the implementation of the program, key components, progress on 2016 recommendations, and the development of the Family Engagement Initiative. Recommendations for the following year are made and include: disband the Permanency Practice Initiative Workgroup, acknowledging that its assigned tasks have been completed; end the Permanency Practice Initiative, acknowledging that the original purpose of the PPI has been completed and celebrate the work of PPI counties; establish the Family Engagement Initiative Workgroup and task the workgroup with developing the Family Engagement Initiative for implementation in 2017-18; continue to encourage use of “the 10 Keys to a Successful Children’s Roundtable” in order to strengthen local CRTs through self-assessment and continuous quality improvement; adopt for use the “Keys to Successful Family Finding” with the goal of strengthening family finding practice and increasing lifelong connections for children and youth across Pennsylvania; adopt the best practice elements for crisis/rapid response family meetings; and adopt the brochure “Crisis and Rapid Response Family Meetings” to be distributed to all counties and statewide partners promoting the use of crisis and rapid response family meetings.
Pennsylvania; permanency; out of home care; foster children; family reunification; family engagement; foster parent recruitment; family preservation