Cross Sites Meeting 2016: Making Every Connection Matter.
Cross Sites Meeting (10th : 2016 : Orlando, Florida). Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams. Zero to Three.
Zero to Three
2445 M Street, NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20037
Tel: 202-638-1144 800-899-4301
This brief explains concurrent planning is the process by which a permanency team most frequently plans with children, youth, and families to reunite while simultaneously considering and preparing to implement one of the other permanency plans as enumerated in current federal legislation, such as adoption or placement with a legal guardian. It identifies the following nine core components of concurrent planning: differential assessment and prognosis case review, full disclosure to all participants in the case planning process, family search and engagement, family group conferencing, parent-child visiting during out-of-home care, setting clear time limits for permanency decisions, transparent written agreements and documentation, committed collaboration between child welfare, the courts, and service providers, and specific recruitment, training, and retention of dual licensed resource families. Information is provided on how the practice of concurrent planning has progressed, findings from Child and Family Service Reviews on concurrent planning in States, and research findings that indicate concurrent planning can improve outcomes for children. Key elements of concurrent planning that are associated with positive permanency outcomes are reviewed, and the important role courts play in concurrent planning is emphasized. The brief explains child welfare staff acceptance and understanding of concurrent planning is necessary, and identifies examples of agency policies that may help concurrent planning practice be congruent with policy.
concurrent planning; permanency planning; family engagement; family group conferencing; guidelines; policy formation