LifeLong Connections

The goal of LifeLong Connections Program is to engage in intensive family finding effects as a way to identify individuals with a connection to youth in out of home care and then to create opportunities for relationships to develop and ultimately for exits to permanency occur. In 2005 Sonoma County Family, Youth, and Children's Services partnered with California Permanency for Youth Project to develop a plan for integrating family finding practices into its permanency planning efforts. The goal set forth was that every child who enters placement in Sonoma County has an early permanency plan developed, which includes the identification of at least one relative or significant other who will commit to maintaining a permanent parent-like connection to the youth.

Accepted to the Portfolio: May 2011

Target Outcomes

Short Term Outcomes

  • Youth have support and guidance regarding life skills and transition-age issues
  • Youth have an increased sense of belonging

Long Term Outcomes

  • Youth are more likely to be employed and maintain employment
  • Youth are more likely to access needed services
  • Youth are more likely to graduate high school
  • Youth are more likely to be permanently housed

Target Population


  • Early Childhood (0 - 5)
  • Youth (6 - 15)
  • Transitional Age Youth (16 - 24)

Service Area


  • Southeast (District 1)
  • Southwest (District 2)
  • Central (District 3)
  • Northeast (District 4)
  • Northwest (District 5)

    Program Implementers

    The following organizations implement this program locally:


     Seneca Family of Agencies

    Program Funders

    Many thanks to the following funders for making this program possible.


    • Mental Health Services Act