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  • Healing Guidebook

    Healing Guidebook

    This guidebook is a small sampling of the endless tools that can and have been used and adapted to help youth and others heal from relational trauma. Rather than focus on using only these exact activities, we encourage you to work to understand and apply the underlying premise of the activities and tools presented.

    The through line that connects each item presented in this guidebook is that youth, really all humans, must feel safe and connected. Essentially, it’s just SAFE both physically and emotionally, and humans—especially human young—feel safest through a secure, nurturing connection to another human being. When children do not feel safe and connected while they are growing up, their ability to trust others is greatly diminished. The core of this guidebook includes the knowledge and activities that can be used to help youth restore their capacity to trust, and therefore, to be in relationship with others, which is the foundation of human love and joy.

    If you would like us to ship a hard copy of this book to you for a small shipping and handling charge, please email us at info@anufs.org and tell us you're interested in receiving a copy.  

    Healing Guidebook

  • The Youth Connections Scale (YCS)

    The Youth Connections Scale (YCS)

    The YCS was developed to measure relational permanence
    of youth in out-of-home placements

    The scale consists of four sections which measure: 

    • The number of connections
    • The strength of those connections
    • The types of supports
    • The overall level of connectedness of foster youth to caring & supportive adults.
    The Youth Connections Scale (YCS)

  • Youth Connections Scale Scoring Sheet

  • Youth Connections Scale Scoring Guide

  • Creating a Permanence Driven Organization

    Creating a Permanence Driven Organization

    A Guidebook for Change in Child Welfare. Anu Family Services is pleased to announce, in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, this new guidebook which assists organizations who are interested in increasing their permanency outcomes. Since 2006, Anu has engaged in a journey towards increasing the number of youth discharged to permanent settings. Anu has demonstrated significant increases in permanence and is ever-closer to reaching our “Big Hairy Audacious Goal” of “being the last placement, prior to permanence, for 90% of the youth we serve.” Anu provides technical assistance and training in this area nationally and internationally, and we hope this guidebook helps you and your organization promote practices that help you to join us on this bold journey, too. Please call us for more information, printed copies of this publication, or to learn more about our training and consulting to support child permanence and wellbeing.

    Creating a Permanence Driven Organization

  • Fast Track to a Family Final Evaluation Fast Track to a Family Final Evaluation