Birth parents, the child, and prospective guardian participate in the development and ongoing review of service plans that are the basis for delivery of services and support.
Interpretation: Service goals should be identified for birth parents, the child, and the prospective guardian. Generally, separate plans are developed for each involved party, but in some circumstances it may be appropriate to add the child’s goals to one of the other service plans.
A strengths-based service plan is developed, within an appropriate timeframe, with the full participation of the child, prospective guardian, and birth parent.
Interpretation: Service planning is to be conducted so that service recipients retain as much personal responsibility and self-determination as possible and desired. Generally, children age 6 and older are to be included in service planning, unless there are clinical justifications for not doing so.
Extended family members and significant others, as appropriate and with the consent of the service recipients, are advised of ongoing progress and participate in service planning.
Interpretation: The agency facilitates participation by, for example, helping arrange transportation or including family in scheduling decisions.
During service planning the agency and the service recipients explore:
Interpretation: The agency 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.
When special needs have been identified, the agency:
Interpretation: Connections to necessary systems can include, for example, referring young adults with special needs to the mental health system to be assessed for continuing support needs or an ongoing guardianship arrangement.
The worker and a supervisor, or a service or peer team, regularly review each case to assess:
Interpretation: The review should occur:
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: 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 worker regularly reviews progress toward achievement of goals with birth parents, the prospective guardian, the child, and extended family to the extent possible and revisions to the goals and plans are signed.
The agency participates in or facilitates the development of a permanency plan for the minor that identifies:
Interpretation: When the case involves an Indian child, tribal definitions of permanency should be recognized and incorporated into the permanency plan.
The child receives information about progress toward achieving permanency as appropriate to his or her age, cultural needs, and developmental level.