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Concurrent Planning

Concurrent Planning: What the Evidence Shows

Concurrent planning seeks to eliminate delays in permanent family placements for children in the foster care system. Concurrent planning involves considering all reasonable options for permanency at the earliest possible point following a child’s entry into foster care. Typically, the primary plan is reunification with the child’s family of origin. In concurrent planning, an alternative permanency goal is pursued at the same time.

This issue brief examines:

  • What have the Child and Family Services Reviews identified regarding concurrent planning in States?
  • What does the literature say about concurrent planning?
  • What are successful examples from the field?
  • What are some guiding principles for implementing concurrent planning?

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