Providing permanency and reclaiming a positive, contributing citizen for the community remain the greatest responsibilities for juvenile probation officers. The placement officer’s effectiveness in reaching these goals can lead to profound, positive results that will carry a ward through adulthood.
Officers will learn to:
- Understand the permanency planning hearing, termination of reunification services, and adoption assessment hearings and legal findings that must be made
- Become familiar with differences in legal permanency options for wards
- Know the process used for termination of parental rights
- Become familiar with the implications of the Indian Child Welfare Act on permanency, especially termination of parental rights
- Understand the use of youth-specific recruitment in establishing permanency
- Effectively terminate their relationship with the ward
- Set the youth up for success when the youth returns to his/her community
Juvenile probation officers will be equipped to establish permanency for the wards for whom they are responsible.