Case Planning for Families Involved With Child Welfare Agencies - Oklahoma

Date: April 2018

When Case Plans Are Required

Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10A, § 1-4-704

An individualized service plan shall be filed with the court within 30 days after a child has been adjudicated to be deprived.

Who May Participate in the Case Planning Process

Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10A, § 1-4-704

The treatment and service plan shall be based upon a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the child and family. The plan shall be developed with the participation of the parent, legal guardian, or custodian of the child; the attorney and guardian ad litem of the child, if any; the child's Tribe, if applicable; and the child, if appropriate.

Contents of a Case Plan

Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10A, § 1-4-704

The individualized service plan shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • A history of the child and family
  • Identification of the problems or conditions leading to the deprived child adjudication
  • The changes the parent must make in order for the child to safely remain in or return home
  • Identification of time-limited reunification services to be provided to family members
  • Identification of the specific services to be provided to the child
  • The most recent available health and educational records of the child
  • A schedule of the frequency of services and the means for delivery of those services
  • Performance criteria that will measure the progress of the child and family toward completion of the plan, including timeframes for achieving objectives and addressing identified problems

If the child is placed outside the home, the individualized service plan shall further provide the following:

  • The sequence and timeframe for services to be provided to facilitate the child's return home or to another permanent placement
  • A description of the child's placement and whether the placement is the least restrictive, most familylike setting available and in as close proximity as possible to the home of the child's family when the case plan is reunification and how the placement is consistent with the best interests and special needs of the child
  • Any services or resources that were requested by the child or the parent since the date of the child's placement and whether those services or resources were provided
  • Efforts to be made by the parent of the child and the department to enable the child to return to his or her home
  • The transition plan for a successful adulthood for a child age 14 or older that includes planning for education, employment, health care, medical coverage, transportation, money management, housing, social and recreational skills, and establishing and maintaining connections with the child's family and community
  • For a child in placement due to the child's behavioral health or medical health issues, diagnostic and assessment information, specific services relating to meeting the behavioral health and medical care needs of the child, and desired treatment outcomes
  • A plan and schedule for regular and frequent visits for the child and the child's parents and siblings, unless the court has determined that visiting, even if supervised, would be harmful to the child
  • A plan for ensuring the educational stability of the child while in out-of-home placement, including the following:
    • Assurances that the placement of the child considers the appropriateness of the current educational setting and the proximity to the school in which the child was enrolled at the time of placement
    • Where appropriate, an assurance that the department has coordinated with appropriate local educational agencies to ensure that the child remains in the school in which the child was enrolled at the time of placement
    • If remaining in the school in which the child was enrolled at the time of placement is not in the best interests of the child, assurances by the department and the local educational agencies to provide immediate and appropriate enrollment in a new school with all of the educational records of the child provided to the school
  • The permanency plan for the child, the reason for selection of that plan, and a description of the steps being taken by the department to finalize the plan