Permanency Planning Goal

Aging Out of Foster Care
2. Permanency Planning


Permanency Planning Goal

Your agency is responsible for developing a plan for what happens when you leave foster care. When creating your plan, the agency must choose between the five different permanency planning goals (also known as PPGs) that are laid out in the Adoption and Safe Families Act. The goals are:

  • return to parent;
  • adoption;
  • custody or guardianship;
  • placement with a fit and willing relative; and another planned permanent living arrangement with connection to a significant adult in the community, also known as "APPLA." (You may have heard of the goal of "independent living" or "discharge to adult residential care." These goals are now both included under the new goal of "APPLA.")

Your permanency plan should be made with your input and you should consult with your lawyer about any aspects of the plan that you are unsure of, or any aspects of the plan that you think might present a problem for you. The agency must present your plan to the Family Court judge who will review your case approximately every six months. When the plan is presented in court, you and your lawyer can agree with the plan or present a different plan to the judge.