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Title: Concurrent Permanency Planning


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ConcurrentPermanency Planning
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Concurrent Permanency Planning (CPP)
  • The process of working towards reunification
    while at the same time planning an alternative
    permanency plan in the event that reunification
    efforts are unsuccessful.

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Plan A is reunification
Concurrent Permanency Planning
Plan B must be one of the following federally
approved permanency goals in order of preference
adoption, guardianship, permanent placement with
a fit and willing relative, or another planned
permanent living arrangement (APPLA)
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CPPPlan A Plan B
  • Parents informed of concurrent permanency
    planning process from day one.
  • Parents must have opportunity to provide input on
    Plan B.
  • Plan B is only initiated after court determines
    reunification is no longer the goal.
  • Goal is timely permanency for children in care.

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Hint
  • Discuss permanency plans with parents and
    placement caregivers early and often.
  • Ensure that foster parents/caregivers are
    involved and informed.
  • Always let parents know exactly when and how
    services/action steps are to be completed.

6
Concurrent Permanency Planning Policy Guidelines
  • See 722-9 for guidelines for Permanency Planning
    Goal recommendations.
  • Permanency Planning Goal recommendation must be
    documented in the Recommendations to the Court
    section of every USP.
  • Recommendations to change the Permanency Planning
    Goal do not require a Permanency Planning Hearing.

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full disclosure
  • The process of being open and honest with all
    parties (birth family, foster family, attorneys,
    etc.) about the concurrent permanency planning
    process. All parties are informed that there will
    be an alternative permanency plan for the child
    if the child can not safely return home within a
    reasonable amount of time.
  • The birth parents must clearly understand what is
    required in order for the child to safely return
    home. They must also understand that if they do
    not meet the expectations required in a
    reasonable time frame, the agency will make a
    recommendation to the court to implement the
    alternative permanency plan.

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Full Disclosure
  • Provide honest and open feedback.
  • Child safety concerns must be addressed.
  • Clearly present timeframes and expectations.
  • Communicate parental rights and responsibilities.
  • Structured Decision Making process must be
    followed.

9
CPPParent/Child Contact Guidelines
  • Ages 0 to 2 years of age 3 visits per week
  • Ages 3 to 5 years of age 2 visits per week
  • Ages 6 years and up 1 visit per week

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Parent/Child Contact Tips
Hints
  • Ask relatives/foster parents to supervise
    additional visits.
  • Utilize community activities/events to provide
    additional visits.
  • Include parents and foster parents in parenting
    time plan.
  • See visitation guideline handouts for additional
    ideas.

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Examples of Parent/Child Contact
  • Medical/dental visits.
  • Early On services for infants.
  • Extracurricular/Sporting activities.
  • Family Counseling.
  • Church.
  • School lunch/daycare feedings.
  • Transportation.
  • Foster home.
  • Family Team Meetings.

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diligent relative search
  • Child Welfare staff must complete a diligent
    search for relatives or non-relatives for
    child(ren) in foster care. The relative search
    must be initiated by the CPS worker upon removal.
    The FC worker must continue quarterly search and
    engagement efforts until the child obtains legal
    permanency.
  • Specific guidelines for relative search
    requirements are outlined in FOM 722-6 and PSM
    715-2.

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CPPRelative Search Tips
  • Relatives can be utilized for visitation
    supervision, transportation and respite.
  • All relative search efforts must be documented
    using search forms and in Social Work contacts.
  • Continuous engagement of relatives

14
CPPRelative Search Forms
  • DHS 987 Relative Documentation Relative
    contact information
  • DHS 988 Relative Search Information Additional
    relative search contacts
  • DHS 989 Relative Response Form
  • How relatives want to be involved.
  • DHS 990 Relative Notification
  • DHS 991 Diligent Search Checklist

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frontloading services
  • Foster Care (FC) worker makes appropriate service
    referrals for the family as soon as possible
    after the child enters foster care, but no later
    than 30 days after the initial placement.
  • Parents should be encouraged to participate in
    services. However, parental compliance with
    service plan is voluntary until court disposition
    unless the court orders otherwise MCL
    712A.13a(8)(c). Declining to participate, prior
    to the dispositional hearing, will not be
    determined as failure to comply with the
    supervising agency FOM 722-6.

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CPPFront Loading Services Tips
  • Delays in service provision must not be based on
    favorite providers.
  • Requires close collaboration with courts, family,
    caregivers and service providers.
  • Clear understanding by parents that a time
    sensitive matter.
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