The Importance of Permanency for our Children & Youth Course

  • The Importance of Permanency for our Children & Youth

The Importance of Permanency for our Children & Youth

Recommended Audience: 

  • For everyone on adoption & permanency journeys and for those considering embarking on one. This course is also recommended for the professionals supporting everyone involved.

Original air date: October 7th, 2020.


  • Kathy Soden, Educational Initiatives & LMS Lead, Adoption Council of Ontario
  • Aviva Zukerman Schure, Never Too Late (NTL)

Goals: During this offering, we will explore the critical importance of lasting permanency to our children and youth. This webinar begins by providing an understanding of what permanency means and what permanency journeys are all about. It explores the outcomes for youth that “age out” of the child welfare system without finding lasting permanency. We then discuss the differences between surviving and thriving. The second part of the webinar focuses on what adoption and permanency can offer to children and youth and what permanency families and “humans” look like. Throughout the webinar, we incorporate the perspectives of children and youth on permanency journeys and feature their thoughts, voices, and art about permanency and adoption. Finally, the webinar provides information on the next steps for those who are interested in becoming a family/human for children and youth, as well as for professionals who want to learn more about permanency and adoption journeys and how to work with all those on them.


  • Learn about and understand what “permanency” means
  • Gain a better understand of what permanency journeys are all about from a youth’s perspective
  • Learn about the outcomes for youth “aging out” of the foster care system without permanency
  • Explore the differences between surviving vs thriving in life & why permanency is critically important
  • Learn what permanency can offer to children and youth
  • Explore what permanency families and “humans” look like
  • Listen and reflect on kids/youth thoughts and perspectives – what permanency means and feels like to them
  • Learn how to find out more about being a family/human for kids and youth who need lasting permanency
  • For professionals, learn how to find out more about permanency and adoption journeys and how to work with those on them

How to Access The Importance of Permanency

Online LMS Course

Online LMS Course

Register for a free, interactive, and self-paced virtual offering through the ACO’s online Learning Management System.

Webinar Recording

Webinar Recording

Watch the original Zoom recording of the webinar from October 2020.