Separation, Placement and Permanence

Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Workshop: 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Fee: $60 for Partnership Members, $360 for Non-Partnership Members

To register

In order to register for training sessions, please click on the button below to go to the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System (WCWPDS) website to access PDS Online. Once you reach the WCWPDS website, you will click on the “PDS Online Go” button in order to login and register for pre-service, foundation and special skills/topics training sessions.  Once you reach the PDS Online system, you will be able to search training sessions  by title or locator number.  A locator number is identified below for each training session to streamline your search process on PDS Online.  Complete instructions for logging in and registering for training sessions are available on the WCWPDS website via the button below.



DESCRIPTION : This three day workshop explores the knowledge and skills required for child welfare workers to provide services related to child placement, including risk assessment, separation and placement services, family intervention, working with foster care givers and reunification. Participants will learn to: understand the potential traumatic outcomes of the separation and placement experience; weigh the risk to a child of remaining at home against the potential trauma of separation; recognize the physical, emotional and behavioral indicators of placement-induced stress; prevent crisis by structuring a placement; involve parents in all phases of the placement process; and know when and how to initiate an adoption plan.


  1. Because they understand the very likely negative consequences for children and their families when the child is removed from their home, participants will:
    1. Know that they should remove a child from their home only when absolutely necessary for the safety of the child. In order to meet this competency, at the end of the workshop, participants will:
      1. Understand the likely emotional impact of separation a child from his/herfamily on the whole family.
      2. Have a basic knowledge of how parent-child attachment is affected byplacement.
      3. Have a basic understanding of how children and their parents manifest their grief at the loss resulting from placement.
    2. Know a variety of strategies and techniques to minimize the negative effects of placing children outside of their home. They will be able to:
      1. Identify ways to avoid unnecessary placements.
      2. Describe ways to maintain and even enhance parent-child attachment when the child is placed.
      3. Describe ways to minimize the trauma of separation.
  2. Participants will have a basic knowledge of the legal requirements and best practice related to permanence. In order to meet this competency, at the end of the workshop participants will:
    1. Have a basic understanding of the reasons why permanence is such a vital component in our work with children and their families.
    2. Have a beginning knowledge of how to do effective Permanency Planning.
    3. Have a beginning knowledge of how to do effective Concurrent Planning
  3. Participants will have basic knowledge of the legal and best practice issues involved in the process of placing a child out of their home. Participants will:
    1. Understand factors that need to be taken into account when choosing a placement. They will:
      1. Know those factors that meet the requirements for placement related to being closest to their home/family including least restrictive requirements.
      2. Know strategies for matching the needs of the child with potential placements.
      3. Have a basic understanding of requirements related to:
        1. I.C.W.A.
        2. M.E.P.A.
        3. Kinship care
        4. Sibling placements
    2. Know strategies for preparing those persons involved in placement in a way that is engaging and which minimizes trauma including:
      1. The child’s family
      2. The caregiver
      3. The child
  4. Participants will understand how to enhance the possibility of achieving permanence when a child is in placement including:
    1. Family interaction
    2. Foster parent involvement
    3. Minimize disruptions
    4. When a child cannot return home

TARGET AUDIENCE: Child protective services staff and other child welfare professionals

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Last Updated: December 5, 2013
December 5, 2013