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Partners for Forever Families

 

Partners for Forever Families is a public-private partnership between Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services, Adoption Network Cleveland, Beech Brook and Case Western Reserve University. Our mission is promoting permanency for older youth in care, siblings who strive to be together, and the support of kinship families who are permanency resources for youth in care.

Partners for Forever Families has two primary components:

  • Using a neighborhood-based approach to increase permanency outcomes for youth on the verge of aging out by having a teen specialist work alongside para-professional navigators and neighborhood collaborative staff to demonstrate that found families can be engaged through the process
  • Driving system change by aligning policy with practice in areas that impact outcomes related to permanency for our children and youth in care

Project Highlights and Products

For more information about the Recruitment of Relatives and for Siblings Initiative, contact Project Director Kate Lodge at lodgek@odjfs.state.oh.us or 216.881.4343.

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