What is Permanency Mediation?
Permanency mediation is an alternative to a contested court proceeding for children in the Massachusetts foster care system. Permanency mediation addresses the unique issues involved in care and protection, guardianship and termination of parental rights proceedings. The model uses an independent third party to facilitate a child-centered approach to permanency planning. By giving parents an opportunity to help develop plans for their child’s future, permanency mediation both empowers and preserves families.
Plummer’s Permanency Mediation Services
- Identify a child’s specific needs and the strengths and characteristics needed for any adult to successfully parent a particular child.
- Unite parents, extended family, kin, caregivers and professionals in a cooperative planning process.
- Empower family members through participatory planning and decision-making on behalf of their child.
- Provide an important opportunity for all adults who are significant in a child’s life to plan together and develop positive relationships that can be sustained over time.
- Utilize a neutral third-party with no decision-making authority or stake in a specific outcome.
- Are scheduled at the convenience of families within their homes and communities.
Youth served through Permanency Mediation
Young people and their families served, Plummer-wide
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