The organization participates in or facilitates a permanency planning process with families to promote stability, permanency and well-being.
Interpretation: Permanency work is aimed at achieving physical, emotional, and legal permanency for children and youth. Public and private agency roles in the permanency planning process are defined by state rules, regulations, or contracts. When the organization is not responsible for facilitating permanency planning, it documents attempts to participate and recommendations made.
NA The organization does not provide out-of-home care for children or youth in custody of a public agency.
The child, youth, and family collaborate with providers, foster parents, the public authority, and the court to develop a permanency plan within 30 days of placement, which specifies the permanency goal(s) and activities that support the goal(s).
Interpretation: The timeframe for achieving permanency is consistent with state and federal regulations and in most cases should not exceed 12 months. Tribal representatives and service providers should be involved in the permanency planning process when the Indian Child Welfare Act applies to the case. In extenuating circumstances the plan can be completed within 60 days. The age of a youth should not limit the consideration of all permanency options.
Concurrent planning is undertaken when appropriate and includes:
Interpretation: State statutes or administrative rules may provide guidance about when concurrent planning is appropriate, and how concurrent planning is to be conducted.
Interpretation: State statutes or administrative rules may provide guidance about when and how administrative reviews are to be conducted. The case review may be conducted by or in collaboration with the public authority. The review is scheduled at times when appropriate parties can attend.
Youth are actively involved in the permanency planning process and receive age appropriate information about progress toward permanency.
The case record documents opportunities parents have to support reunification, including:
Note: Documentation must be in a format legally admissible as evidence to facilitate court proceedings.
The organization recommends or files a petition to terminate parental rights for children who have been in care for 15 out of the most recent 22 months, unless case-specific information legally exempts a child.
Interpretation: The reason submitted for termination of parental rights cannot be the length of time a child has been in care. When the decision is made not to reunify the child and parents, the justification and an alternative permanency goal are entered into the case record.