Families participate in the development and ongoing review of service plans that are the basis for delivery of appropriate services and support.
A service plan is developed with the full participation of the child, the family, and the foster parents.
Interpretation: Generally children age six and older are to be included in service planning, unless there is clinical justification for not doing so. Service planning procedures are adapted as needed in cases involving domestic violence to promote safe, healthy, and active participation of all family members. For example, in some instances, the organization may determine that meetings involving both the perpetrator and the survivor would pose a safety risk or would limit the participation of the survivor and would not be appropriate.
Interpretation: Service planning is conducted so that family members retain as much personal responsibility and self-determination as possible and desired.
Extended family members and significant others, as appropriate, and with the consent of the family, are advised of ongoing progress, and participate in service planning.
Interpretation: The organization can facilitate participation by, for example, helping arrange transportation or including family members in scheduling decisions.
During service planning the organization and the family explore:
The service plan is based on the assessment and includes:
Interpretation: The organization should recognize the value of incorporating culturally-grounded interventions into the service plan, and include traditional practices or customs of the child’s culture, tribe, or faith-based community to the greatest extent possible and appropriate.
The service plan addresses, as appropriate:
The service plan is developed in a timely manner, and expedited service planning is available when crisis or urgent need is identified.
The foster care worker and a supervisor, or a clinical, service, or peer team review the case quarterly to assess:
Interpretation: Experienced workers may conduct reviews of their own cases. In such cases, the worker's supervisor reviews a sample of the worker's evaluations as per the requirements of the standard.
Interpretation: Timeframes for reviews should be adjusted depending upon issues and needs of persons receiving services, and the frequency and intensity of services provided.
Interpretation: When the case involves an Indian child, a representative from the tribe or a local Indian organization should receive timely notification of case reviews, be given an opportunity to participate, and be informed of any changes made to the plan. The case review should include an assessment for compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act.
The foster care worker and the family regularly review progress toward achievement of agreed upon goals and sign revisions to service goals and plans.