Concurrent planning reduces delay to permanency for children and youth in foster care. It requires comprehensive and early assessment; including identification of a primary goal (reunification), while at the same time, actively working on an alternate plan should reunification prove unsuccessful.
This workshop provides participants with the opportunity to address and work through the challenges often faced during the concurrent and permanent planning process.
After attending this training, participants will be able to:
- Explain the concept, purpose and implementation of concurrent planning during the dependency process
- Perform the tasks of concurrent planning throughout the life of the case, from intervention to permanency
- Understand the individualized assessment of children/youth and family/care provider connections
- Facilitate successful outcomes through shared decision-making that informs legal plans
- Perform intensive, time-limited casework with families and care providers
- Document disclosure with birth parents, kinship care providers and/or resource parents concerning identified changes that must be made, possible consequences and timeframes
- Consider kinship and sibling factors while working on a case
Successful participants will be able to make better informed decisions to protect children and preserve families while developing concurrent and permanent plans.