Permanency Planning Law and Legal Definition

Permanency planning is the process of assisting the transition of chlidren from a biological parent(s) to a foster home or other care provider. The goal of permanency planning is to provide a child with a safe, stable environment in which to grow up, while in the care of a nurturing caregiver, who is committed to a life long relationship with that child. The permanent arrangements may include, in order of legal preference, and when in the best interest of the child:

1. Return to home of a parent, guardian, or legal custodian;

2. Adoption;

3. Third party custody with someone other than the parent (permanent legal custody);

4. Dependency Guardianship.