0080-502.10 | Revision Date: 03/19/21
This policy provides an overview of the process for creating an Initial Case Plan and a Case Plan update.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Purpose of the Case Plan
Assigning the Initial Case Plan
Case Plan Timelines
Initial Case Plan
Case Plan Update
Incarcerated, Institutionalized, Detained, or Deported Parents
Families in CalWORKS
Case Plan Documentation Requirements
Case Plan Documentation for Children Age Ten (10) and Older
Case Plan Documentation for Children Age Fourteen (14) and Older
Case Plan Documentation for Children Age Sixteen (16) and Older
Case Plan Documentation for Children Approaching Age Seventeen and a Half (17.5)
Case Plan Documentation for Nonminor Dependents (NMDs)
Case Plan Documentation for NMDs in Group Home/STRTP Placement
Case Plan Documentation for Expectant and Parenting Youth (EPY)
Case Plan Documentation for Children Placed with a Fit and Willing Relative
Case Plan Documentation for Children in Adoption, Legal Guardianship, or Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA)
Case Plan Documentation for Children in Group Home/STRTP Placement
Case Plan Documentation for Child and Family Team Meetings (CFTMs)
Preparing for Creating an Initial Case Plan
Preparing for Creating the Case Plan Update
Creating the Initial Case Plan and Case Plan Update
RA/Division Chief Responsibilities
Juvenile Court Service CSW (Court Officer) Responsibilities
Referenced Policy Guides
This policy guide was updated from the 06/12/19 version to clarify the language regarding the timeframe for completion of the Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP). This version also reflects updated terminology replacing the term “Youth” with the words “children/Nonminor dependents (NMDs)”. Lastly, genderRefers to the socially constructed roles, behaviors, activities, and attributes that a given society considers appropriate for boys and men or girls and women. These influence the ways that people act, interact, and feel about themselves. Gender is different from Sex in that Sex is assigned at birth. binary language has been updated with gender-neutral language.
The purpose of a Case Plan is to:
When discussing the Case Plan process, CSWs can provide eligible children/NMDs with a Youth Policy Guide regarding Case Plans to help them better understand the process
The Case Plan must:
Whenever a Child and Family Team Meeting (CFTM) has been convened, it must be documented in CWS/CMS. The case plan must also include the following:
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The ER CSW is responsible for completing the Initial Case Plan, unless noted otherwise below.
The following outlines who is responsible for completing the initial case plans based on assignment or case specific situation.
Type of Case or Specific Situation
CSW Responsible for Completing the Initial Case Plan
|Voluntary cases||ER CSW|
|If a CFTM was convened and a Continuing Services (CS) CSW or representative was not present at the CFTM||ER CSW|
|If the case remains in ER within the 45-60 day timeframe following the out-of-home placement||ER CSW|
|2PENA non-specific file number generated by the Emergency Response Command Post (ERCP) identifying a placement case that is transferred from ERCP directly to a regional Family Maintenance and Reunification (FM&R) or generic (G) file. cases||MART CSW or DI CSW|
Initial Case Plan duties and responsibilities from regionally opened cases
|DI CSWs, and/or CS CSWs|
|Court FM cases||ER CSW / MART CSW|
If a CFTM is not convened following the out-of-home care placement, the ER CSW must transfer the case no later than ten (10) calendar days from the date of placement to allow the CS CSW to convene a CFTM and complete the Initial Case Plan within the forty-five- (45) to sixty- (60) day timeframe.
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The Initial Case Plan must be completed within forty-five (45) to sixty (60) calendar days of:
The Case Plan Update should be updated as the service needs of the child and family dictate.
The Case Plan Update must document the reason the child remains in foster care, if applicable.
If the services provided have eliminated the needs for foster care placement, this must be documented in the Case Plan Update.
Completed goals should be noted in the Case Plan.
The Case Plan must include a written assessment of the child/NMD’s needs and it must be updated no less than once every six (6) months. The Case Plan must also include how often the CSW will visit the child/NMD. The visits must be at least once every six (6) months. The frequency of visits should be determined based on the needs of the family.
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For siblings (including half-siblings) who are not placed together, the Case Plan must include provisions for the development and maintenance of sibling relationships (unless the court orders a suspension of sibling visitation). The Case Plan should include a sibling family bonding time (visitation) plan that provides for ongoing and frequent interaction among siblings until family reunification is achieved, or, if parental rights are terminated, as part of developing the permanent plan for the child.
Concurrent planning should be incorporated into Case Plans and court reports. This requires a comprehensive family history, which is obtained by interviewing parents and extended family members and recording their information on the appropriate Family Background forms. This process begins with the initial contact with the family and continues throughout the case.
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All parents and children should be involved in case planning from the beginning of the process. This includes both parents in a child’s home. Decisions regarding outcomes, goals, and tasks should collaboratively be made by the CFT, including the child/NMD, family, caregiver, other support systems identified by the family, CSW and other providers.
During case planning, all parents need to be informed:
During case planning, CSWs must:
If a parent/legal guardian refuses to sign the Case Plan in a voluntary case, voluntary services cannot be provided and established procedures should be followed, including consultation with Intake and Detention Control (IDC) or the out-stationed County Counsel to determine whether there are appropriate grounds to file a petition.
Incarcerated parents are entitled to services unless the court orders otherwise (i.e. unless the court denies services). Case plans for parents/legal guardians who are incarcerated or institutionalized and who are receiving court-ordered Family Reunification ServicesActivities designed to provide time-limited foster care services to prevent or remedy neglect, abuse, or exploitation. The child remains in temporary foster care while services are provided to reunite the family. must contain:
CalWORKS service activities must be incorporated into Case Plan Updates. The DCFS CSWs and the DPSS case-carrying GAINGreater Avenues for Independence - CalWORKs services may include GAIN services (Welfare-to-Work Program). GAIN is mandatory for parents aided on CalWORKs, unless there is an exemption (e.g., parent has a child under a year old, temporary incapacity, participant is over age 65). Services Workers (GSWs) must make attempts to collaborate to integrate the Welfare-to-Work service plan activities with the CSW’s Case Plan activities in order to establish a Case Plan appropriate to the family's needs. The CS CSWs and GSWs should try to maintain ongoing communication with each other to jointly monitor and assess the parent's compliance and progress with the Case Plan.
All minors and nonminors in foster care have the right to be involved in the development of their case plans, including placement and gender-affirming health care, with consideration of their gender identity.
When a child is ten (10) years of age or older and has been in out-of-home placement for six (6) months or longer, the case plan shall include an identification of individuals (other than the child’s siblings) who are important to the child, and the actions necessary to maintain the child’s relationship with those individuals -- provided that those relationships are in the best interest of the child. The social worker shall ask every child who is ten (10) years of age or older and who has been in out-of-home placement for six (6) months or longer to identify individuals (other than the child’s siblings) who are important to the child. The social worker shall make efforts to identify as many other individuals who are important to the child as possible, consistent with the child’s best interests.
Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (CSHE)
For children ten (10) years of age and older and for NMDs, the case plan must also document whether or not the child/NMD has received comprehensive sexual health education (CSHE) which meets the requirements established in the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA) at least once in junior high school and once in high school. If the child/NMD has not received or will not receive this instruction through school, the case plan must document how the county has ensured the child/NMD received or will receive the education through an alternative source that meets the standards of the CHYA.
For foster children ten (10) years of age or older (including NMDs), case management workers must also update the case plan annually to indicate that the case management worker has:
Only the CSW’s efforts and actions to provide the child/NMD with this type of information can be shared absent the child’s written consent. Without written consent, shared information shall only include such statements as, “The CSW and child/NMD discussed topics of reproductive health;” “The CSW provided resources regarding reproductive health,” “The CSW offered to remove any barriers the child/NMD may experience accessing reproductive health.” Legally protected information (i.e., whether or not the child/NMD is sexually active, a child/NMD’s birth control methods, a child/NMD’s pregnancy, a child/NMD’s SOGIE, or a child’s decision to terminate a pregnancy) may not be documented in the case plan or elsewhere without the written consent of the child/NMD (unless there is suspected abuse/exploitation).
In addition, the case plan for a child or NMD who is, or who is at risk of becoming, the victim of commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC), shall document the services provided to address that issue.
In addition to the above requirements, for children who are fourteen (14) or fifteen (15) years of age, the case plan shall include a written description of the conversation about future schooling, vocational and housing goals that will help the child to prepare for the transition from foster care to successful adulthood, consistent with the child’s best interests. This information should be documented in the case plan.
The case plan shall be developed in consultation with children/NMDs age fourteen (14) years or older, including NMDs. At the child/NMD’s option, the consultation may include up to two (2) members of the case planning team who are chosen by the child/NMD and who are not Resource Parents of, or caseworkers for, the child/NMD. DCFS, at any time, may reject an individual selected by the child/NMD to be a member of the case planning team if DCFS has good cause to believe that the individual would not act in the child/NMD’s best interest. One individual selected by the child/NMD to be a member of the case planning team may be designated to be the child/NMD’s adviser and advocate with respect to the application of the reasonable and prudent parent standard to the child/NMD, as necessary.
Rights of children/NMDs in Foster Care
All minors of any age and NMDs in foster care must receive information about their rights every six (6) months. These include, but are not limited to, the right to:
In addition, for children age fourteen (14) and older (including NMDs), counties shall provide a document to the child/NMD that lists their specified rights with respect to education, health, visitation, and court participation, the right to be annually provided with copies of their credit reports at no cost while in foster care pursuant to WIC 10618.6, and the right to stay safe and avoid exploitation. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is developing a form that counties may use to inform children/NMDs of their rights, document that the child/NMD has been provided a copy of those rights, and document that those rights have been explained in an age appropriate manner. Until that form is available, counties may use the CDSS Foster Care Ombudsman’s brochure, “You Have Rights Too!” or poster to inform children/NMDs of their rights every six (6) months.
In addition to the above age requirements, for children/NMDs who are sixteen (16) or older, the case plan shall include a written description of the programs and services that will help the child/NMD prepare for the transition from foster care to successful adulthood, consistent with the child’s best interests. This information should be documented in the Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP) document, which must be incorporated into the case plan.
In addition to the above age requirements, for children sixteen (16) years of age or older and NMDs, the case plan shall identify the person(s) who shall be responsible for assisting the child or NMD with applications for postsecondary education and related financial aid, unless the child or NMD states that they do not want to pursue postsecondary education -- including career or technical education. (This responsible person may include the child’s high school counselor, Court Appointed Special Advocate, guardian, or other adult). If, at any point in the future, the child or NMD expresses that they wish to pursue postsecondary education, the case plan shall be updated to identify an adult individual responsible for assisting the child or NMD with applications for postsecondary education and related financial aid. Refer to Documenting Postsecondary Support Persons in CWS/CMS.
For any children age sixteen (16) and older with a case plan goal of Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA), case plans must include the identification of the intensive and ongoing efforts to return the child to the home of the parent, place the child for adoption or tribal customary adoption, establish a legal guardianship or place the child or nonminor dependent with a fit and willing relative, as appropriate. Efforts must include the use of technology, including social media to find biological or other family members of the child.
The Extended Foster Care (EFC) Program allows foster Children over the age of eighteen (18) to continue to remain in foster care and to receive foster care payment benefits and services. Before a foster child turns eighteen (18), CSWs must work collaboratively with the child to develop a Case Plan and a Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP).
If a child is likely to remain in foster care beyond their eighteenth (18th) birthday and those in a Non-Dependent, Non-Related Legal Guardianship (NRLG), the following information must be discussed with them and included in the Case Plans (in addition to the above age-related requirements):
The Case Plan must be attached to the court report and presented to the court for the six (6) month review hearing before the child turns eighteen (18) years old.
NMDs must have a Case Plan and a Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP). The Case Plan for a NMD must be updated at least every six (6) months. The above age-related case plan documentation requirements also apply to NMDs.
For children seeking to reenter foster care as a NMD, a Case Plan Update must be submitted to court at the hearing to address reinstatement of dependency. The Case Plan Update must include the following:
If illness or injury prevents the NMD from meeting the eligibility requirement(s) identified in the Case Plan, a Case Plan Update is required to indicate that a medical condition renders the NMD incapable of participating in any other eligibility requirement.
If admission to, or continuation in, a group home or Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) is being considered for a NMD, the NMD’s Case Plan must address:
For expectant and parenting youth (including an NMD parent residing in a whole family foster home) whose child is not subject to the jurisdiction of the dependency court but is in the full or partial physical custody of the child/NMD, a written Shared Responsibility Plan must be developed and included in the Case Plan. The plan must not conflict with the child/NMD's Case Plan and in no way should limit the child/NMD's legal right to make decisions regarding the care, custody and control of their child. In addition, Partnership for Families (PFF) services may be considered for a NMD who has a 0-2 year old child who is not under DCFS jurisdiction. NMDs can self-refer as community clients.
Placement with a “fit and willing relative” is a permanency option for all children. With a permanent plan of fit and willing relative, DCFS must continue to provide services that will address the barriers identified by the court to a more stable permanent plan, such as adoption or legal guardianship, at subsequent permanency hearings.
If the case plan has as its goal for the child a permanent plan of adoption, legal guardianship, or another planned permanent living arrangement, it shall include a statement of the child’s wishes regarding their permanent placement plan and an assessment of those stated wishes. The agency shall also include documentation of the steps the agency is taking to find an adoptive family or other permanent living arrangements for the child; to place the child with an adoptive family, an appropriate and willing relative, or a legal guardian, and to finalize the adoption or legal guardianship. At a minimum, the documentation shall include child-specific recruitment efforts, such as the use of state, regional, and national adoption exchanges, including electronic exchange systems, when the child has been freed for adoption. Regardless of whether the child has been freed for adoption, documentation shall include a description of any barriers to achieving legal permanence and the steps the agency will take to address those barriers. Keep in mind that for children in adoption with barriers, they may wish to consider Adoption Promotion & Support Services APSS. If a child has been in out-of-home care for three (3) years or more, the documentation shall include a description of the specialized permanency services used or, if specialized permanency services have not been used, a statement explaining why the agency chose not to provide these services. If the plan is for kinship guardianship, the case plan shall document how the child meets the kinship guardianship eligibility requirements.
If a child is placed in a group home or STRTP, the Case Plan must indicate:
County child welfare departments are required to document all CFTMs in both the CWS/CMS Case Plan Notebook and the Contact Notebook. The CSW should also document the rationale for any inconsistencies between the case plan and the recommendations of the CFT. Refer to Child and Family Teams for detailed data entry instructions.
Case Plans must include an educational stability plan for ensuring the educational stability and success of a child while in foster care. Additionally, the Case Plan should include, at a minimum:
Whether the child is remaining in their school of origin (if not, whether they should be returned to their school or origin and what steps are being taken in this area), and
Any special needs the child may have related to school, including any disability requiring an Individualized Education Program (IEP)/Section 504/Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)/Individual Program Plan (IPP), and what steps are being taken to secure appropriate services.
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A Spanish Case Plan and Case Plan Family Assessment can be created on CWS/CMS. Only the Case Plan headings, however, will be in Spanish, the body of the report is not translated. The CSW will need to verbally translate the case plan and CANS assessment for the family.
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RA/Division Chief Responsibilities
Juvenile Court Service CSW (Court Officer) Responsibilities
Back to Procedure
Back to Approvals
Case Plan Family Assessment
CFTM Data Entry Instructions for CWS/CMS
Child Welfare Services Case Plan Update
Creating a Case Plan Update
Creating an Initial Case Plan
Know Your Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (PUB 490)
Instructions for Documenting Comprehensive Sexual Health Information and Reproductive Rights
Instructions for Documenting Postsecondary Support Persons / Collaterals in CWS/CMS
Instructions for Documenting STRTPs in CWS/CMS Case Plans
John Burton Advocates for Youth SB 12 Social Worker Toolkit (a guide for social workers assisting foster youth with applications for college and financial aid)
Out of Home Care Information
Out of Home Care Information Update
Sample Case Plan Documents Combined (Case Plan Family Assessment, Out of Home Care
Information, Initial Case Plan with Family Assessment, Out of Home Care Information Update,
and Case Plan Update with Family Assessment document)
You Have Rights Too! PUB 395 (brochure), PUB 396 (poster)
Youth Policy Guide
DCFS 1726, Request for School Report
DCFS 561(a) Medical Examination Form
DCFS 561(b) Dental Examination Form
DCFS 561(c) Psychological Examination Form
Family Background #1
Family Background #2 DI
DCFS 159, Youth Advisement of Nonminor Dependency (Extended Foster Care)
DCFS 179, Parental Consent and Authorization for Medical Care and Release of Education Records
DCFS 561(a), Medical Examination Form
DCFS 561(b) Dental Examination Form
DCFS 561(c) Psychological Examination Form
DCFS 6074, CFT Meeting Notes
DCFS 1726, Request for School Report
Family Background #1
Family Background #2 DI
Family Background #3 Medical and Social History Information About the Birth Mother/Father
Family Background #3 Cover Sheet
0080-502.25, Family Maintenance Services for Court and Voluntary Cases
0070-548.00, Community-Based Resources
0070-548.01, Child and Family Teams
0070-548.10, Disposition of Allegations and Closure of Emergency Response Referrals
0070-548.25, Completing the Structured Decision Making (SDM) Safety Plan
0080-503.00, Contacts with the Child Support Services Department (CSSD)
0080-505.10, Child/NMD Development: Transitional Independent Living Planning
0080-506.16, Selecting and/or Arranging for Appropriate Services for Incarcerated, InstitutionalizedA person is considered institutionalized when (s)he has been residing in a hospital, jail, prison, homeless shelter, residential school, rehabilitation center, halfway house, out-of-home care facility, etc., for more than 90 calendar days. This does not include battered women's shelters., Detained or Deported Parents
0080-507.20, Concurrent Planning and the Concurrent Planning AssessmentAn assessment document as prescribed in Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 366.21(I), 366.22(b) and 361.5(g). The CPA is initiated by the case carrying Children's Social Worker and completed by the APRD CSW when adoption home study for attached children or matching/recruitment activities for unattached children are initiated. (CPA)
0080-508.05, Fast Track to Permanency (FTP)
0100-510.40, Services for Teen Parents
0100-510.55, Screening and Placement of Children, Youth and Nonminor Dependents (NMDs) in a Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP)
0100-535.25, Extended Foster Care Program
0100-570.05, Quality of Life in Out-of-Home Care
0200-508.10, RelinquishmentThe action of a parent in which he or she surrenders custody, control and any responsibility for the care and support of the child. Currently, only an Adoption social worker or the court is qualified to process a relinquishment. Procedures and the Statement of Understanding
0300-503.16, Writing the WIC 366.3 Status Review Hearing Report for Minor Dependents
0300-508.30, Identifying and Notifying the Court of Recurring Efforts to Locate Relatives and Nonrelative Extended Family Members (NREFMs)
0400-504.00, Family Visitation
0600-500.05, Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (MAT) Assessments and Meetings
0700-504.20, Referring Children for Special Education or Early Intervention Services
0700-507.10, Appointment of an Educational Representative, Educational Surrogate Parent, or Developmental ServicesServices provided by the Regional Centers, which include diagnostic evaluation, coordination or resources such as education, health, welfare, rehabilitation and recreation for persons with developmental disabilities. Additional services include program planning, admission to and discharge from state hospitals, court-ordered evaluations and consultation to other agencies. Decision-Maker
1200-500.01, LGBTQ+ Children/Non Minor Dependents
1200-500.90, Model Case Format (MCF)
All County Letter (ACL) 12-70 – Educational Stability and Case Plan Assurances.
ACL 14-36 – Title IV-E Foster Care Candidacy Policy and Procedures
ACL 16-28, Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA)
ACL 16-30 – Case Plan Changes for Youth Age 14 Years and Older
ACL 16-32 – Documentation of Pregnancy and Parenting in the Child Welfare Services/Case Management system for Minor and Nonminor Dependents
ACL 16-82 – Reproductive and Sexual Health Care and Related Rights for Youth and Nonminor Dependents (NMD) in Foster Care
ACL 16-88 – California's Plan for the Prevention of Unintended Pregnancy for Youth and Nonminor Dependents (NMDs) in Foster Care
ACL 17-104 – Documentation of Child and Family Teams (CFTs) in the Child Welfare Services/Case Management System (CWS/CMS)
ACL 17-122 – Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTPs) Placement Criteria, Interagency PlacementOne agency has custody of the child and another agency approved the applicant assessment. Committees (IPCs), Second Level Review for Ongoing Placements Into Group Homes and STRTPs
ACL 18-61 – New Mandates Regarding Case Plan Documentation and Training Related to Reproductive and Sexual Health Care Needs and Rights of Foster Youth
ACL 18-104 – Additional Case Plan Documentation for Postsecondary Education Support
California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Manual of Policies and Procedures (MPP) Division 31-201-235 – Details the requirements for the completion of both Initial Case Plans and Case Plan Updates.
CDSS MPP Division 31-205 – States that the social worker shall document the assessment.
CDSS MPP Division 31-206 – States that CSW shall document Case Plan objectives for each person named in the Case Plan.
CDSS MPP Division 31-210 – States the Case Plan time frames and administrative requirements for children for whom a dependency petition has been filed.
CDSS MPP Division 31-220 – States that the Case Plan shall be updated as service and permanency needs of the child and family dictate and to assure achievement of service and permanency objectives.
CDSS MPP Division 31-225 – States that the Case Plan Update shall be considered complete only if all of the elements specified in Section 31-225 have been documented and the social worker's supervisor has signed and dated the Case Plan Update.
CDSS MPP Division 31-230 – States that a Case Plan shall be updated as often as the service needs of the child and family dictate (but no less than once every six months) and as is necessary in order to assure achievement of service objectives.
Family Code (FC) Section 6925 – States that a minor may consent to medical care related to the prevention or treatment of pregnancy.
FC Section 6926 (a) and (b) – States that a minor who is twelve (12) years of age or older and who may have come into contact with an infectious, contagious, or communicable disease may consent to medical care related to the diagnosis or treatment of the disease. A minor who is twelve (12) years of age or older may consent to medical care related to the prevention of a sexually transmitted disease.
Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 301(c) – States that if the parent is a dependent of the Juvenile Court at the time that a social worker seeks to undertake a program of supervision pursuant to subdivision (a), including a voluntary family reunification program or a voluntary family maintenance program, and if counsel has been appointed for the parent pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 317, the program of supervision shall not be undertaken until the parent has consulted with his or her counsel.
WIC Section 319.2 – Identifies the requirements for placement under temporary custody in a group home for children under the age of six (6).
WIC Section 361.2(e)(9)(A) – Limits the placement period in a group home or STRTP for children ages six (6) to twelve (12) months unless specific requirements are met.
WIC Section 361.5(a)(3)(A) – States the rights of incarcerated, institutionalized, detained or deported parents/legal guardians, including parents ordered into a residential substance abuse treatment program, as they relate to case planning.
WIC 366.26(c)(4)(B) – Defines a "fit and willing relative" as an approved placement with a relative who is willing and capable of providing a stable and permanent home environment for the child, but is unable or unwilling to commit to legal permanence through adoption, tribal customary adoption, or guardianship at the time of the hearing.
WIC Section 11405 – States that a Case Plan is required for those children/youth/NMDs living with a non-related legal guardian and the Case Plan must be updated at least once every six (6) months.
WIC Section 16001.9 – Lists the rights of all minors and nonminors in foster care.
WIC Section 16501.1 – States that the foundation and central unifying tool in child welfare services is the Case Plan which ensures that the child receives protection and safe and proper care and case management, and that services are provided to the child and parents or other caretakers, as appropriate, in order to improve conditions in the parent's home, to facilitate the safe return of the child to a safe home or the permanent placement of the child, and to address the needs of the child while in foster care.
WIC Section 16501.1(b)(4) – States in part that, in determining the reasonable services to be offered or provided, the Case Plan shall include information about a parent's incarceration in a county jail or the state prison during the time that a minor child of that parent is involved in dependency care.
WIC Section 16501.1(d)(3) – Defines the use of out-of-home placements, including Supervised Independent Living Plans. States that if out-of-home care is used to attain Case Plan goals, the Case Plan shall include a description of the type of home or institution in which the child is placed and the reasons for the placement. Discusses group home placement required documentation and preparing a NMD for independent living.
WIC Section 16501.1(d)(5) – States that a Case Plan shall ensure the educational stability of the child while in foster care by including information about the educational setting, proximity of the placement to the school, coordination with educational agencies, transfer of school records, and alternative arrangements should the school setting change.
WIC Section 16501.1(e) – Defines the purpose of a Case Plan, the time frame in which it should be completed, and provides guidelines for the information that should be included in the Case Plan.
WIC Section 16501.1(g) – Lists the case plan documentation requirements regarding comprehensive sexual health information for youth in foster care; specifies the requirement for a case plan to be developed with the youths participation plus up to two (2) members chosen by the youth, and lists case plan documentation requirements for children or NMDs who are, or who are at risk of becoming, victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
WIC Section 16501.1(g)(5-22) – Defines information that should be included in a Case Plan when out-of-home services are used.
WIC Section 16501.1(g) (13) – States that when developing a Case Plan a child shall be given a meaningful opportunity to participate in the development of the Case Plan and state his or her preference for foster care placement. A child who is twelve (12) years of age or older and in a permanent placement shall also be given the opportunity to review, sign, and receive a copy of the Case Plan.
WIC Section 16501.1(g)(16)(a)(ii) – States that for youth sixteen (16) years of age and older and for nonminor dependents, the Case Plan must include the transitional independent living plan, a written description of the program and services that will help the youth prepare for transition from foster care and assist the youth in meeting eligibility criteria, including steps on how the agency is ensuring that the nonminor dependent achieves permanence and connections to caring and committed adults. States that for NMDs, if applicable, the CSW shall describe the Supervised Independent Living Placement.
WIC Section 16501.1(h)(i)(j) – Provides guidelines for the Case Plan when a child is ten (10) years of age or older and has been in out-of-home placement for six (6) months or longer.
WIC Section 16501.25 – Defines “teen parent,” shared responsibility plan, and the development and content of the shared responsibility plan.
WIC Section 16002(b) – States that the responsible local agency shall make a diligent effort in all out-of-home placements to ensure sibling group placement and sibling interaction, and to explain why they are not placed together, efforts to ensure sibling group placement, or why such efforts would be contrary to the safety and well-being of any of the siblings. When sibling group placement is not possible, a Case Plan should provide for ongoing and frequent interaction among siblings until family reunification is achieved, or, if parental rights are terminated, as part of developing the permanent plan for the child. If the Court determines by clear and convincing evidence that sibling interaction is contrary to the safety and well-being of any of the siblings, the reasons for the determination shall be noted in the Court order, and interaction shall be suspended.
WIC Section 16010 – States that the Case Plan shall include a summary of the health and education information or records. The summary may be maintained in the form of a health and education passport and it shall include all relevant health and education information.
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