This service is available to any family who is willing to be considered as a permanency resource to a child in the custody of CYS regardless of the child’s goal. It is a best practice format that provides a more consistent presentation to simplify the review and selection of a family. The service can also be used when trying to locate a permanent connection for a child or older youth and the agency wishes to assure the family or individual qualifies after reviewing clearances and requested references.

Other components of the family profile are; orientation, family preparation (training), pre-placement continuing education to keep families supported through the process, annual updated, professional supports and matching referrals. Once completed, the family profile will include two updates, thereby maintaining it as a viable document for up to three years to use for multiple permanency options. Family profiles are completed using the SWAN Family Approval Document.