Case Planning for Families Involved With Child Welfare Agencies - Guam

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When Case Plans Are Required

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 19, § 13301

Upon completing its investigation of a report of suspected child abuse or neglect, Child Protective Services may seek to enter into a service plan without filing a petition in court.

Who May Participate in the Case Planning Process

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 19, § 13301

Child Protective Services shall enter into a service plan with such members of the child's family and such other authorized agencies as Child Protective Services deems to be necessary to the success of the service plan, including, but not limited to, the member or members of the child's family who have legal custody of the child.

Contents of a Case Plan

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 19, § 13304

A service plan is a specific written plan prepared by Child Protective Services. The service plan should set forth the following:

  • The steps that will be necessary to facilitate the return of the child to a safe family home, if the proposed placement of the child is in foster care or in alternate placement outside of the child's home
  • The steps that will be necessary for the child to remain in a safe family home with the assistance of a service plan, if the proposed placement of the child is in a family home under Child Protective Services' supervision
  • The steps that will be necessary to make the family home a safe family home and to terminate intervention of Child Protective Services into the family and eliminate, if possible, the necessity for the filing of a petition with the court
  • The specific services or treatment that the parties will be provided, the specific actions the parties must take, or specific responsibilities that the parties must assume
  • The timeframes during which such services will be provided, such actions must be completed, and such responsibilities must be assumed
  • The specific consequences that may be reasonably anticipated to result from the parties' success or failure in complying with, performing, and completing, if possible, the terms and condition of the service plan, including, but not limited to, the consequence that, unless the family is willing and able to provide the child with a safe family home within the reasonable period of time specified in the service plan, their respective parental and custodial duties and rights shall be subject to termination
  • Such other terms and conditions as Child Protective Services deems to be necessary to the success of the service plan