What is NIPFC?

Purpose

The mission of the National Institute for Permanent Family Connectedness is to advance permanency for all children and youth, with Family Finding as a core strategy and a method that adds value to service systems. Every child has a family, and family members can be found when we try. Loneliness can be devastating, even dangerous, and is experienced by most children in out of home care. The single factor most closely associated with positive outcomes for children is meaningful, lifelong connections to family. Training may be designed to target specific areas of concern or to sustain learning in established practices. Consultation services offer specific approaches to meet the critical challenge of achieving timely permanency for all who are served.

Why NIPFC Was Formed

NIPFC came together to advance permanency and Family Finding as a national priority in order to establish lifelong, permanent family connections for all children. Seneca Family of Agencies consulted with Kevin Campbell, founder of the Family Finding model, to integrate his approach to permanency into our work with children and families. We have extensive experience in implementing, training and consulting on permanency and Family Finding work. From this foundation, we believe that our collaboration will enable us to better advocate at the national level in order to reach more child welfare systems and impact more children and families.

NIPFC provides training, coaching, and implementation support to the staff of child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and disability services organizations. Court systems and community partners are included in our training, which is focused on permanency and lifelong connections.

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