Concurrent Planning for Timely Permanency for Children - Idaho

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Defining Concurrent Planning

Citation: Idaho Code § 16-1602(14)

'Concurrent planning' means a planning model that prepares for and implements different outcomes at the same time.

State Approaches to Concurrent Planning

Citation: Idaho Code § 16-1621

If the child is placed in the legal custody of the Department of Health and Welfare, the case plan shall set forth the reasonable efforts that will be made to make it possible for the child to return home. The case plan also shall include both of the following:

  • A goal of reunification and a plan for achieving that goal
  • A concurrent permanency goal and a plan for achieving that goal

The concurrent permanency goal may be one of the following: termination of parental rights and adoption; guardianship; or, for youth who are age 16 or older only, another planned permanent living arrangement. The concurrent plan shall do the following:

  • Address all options for permanent placement of the child, including consideration of options for in-State and out-of-State placement of the child
  • Address the advantages and disadvantages of each option and include a recommendation as to which option is in the child's best interests
  • Identify the actions necessary to implement the recommended option
  • Set forth a schedule for accomplishing the actions necessary to implement the concurrent permanency goal
  • Address options for maintaining the child's connections to the community, including individuals with a significant relationship to the child, and organizations or community activities with which the child has a significant connection
  • Identify the names of the proposed adoptive parents, when known, if the permanency goal is termination of parental rights and adoption
  • In the case of a child who has reached age 14, include the services needed to assist the child to make the transition from foster care to successful adulthood
  • Identify any further investigation necessary to identify or assess other options for permanent placement, identify actions necessary to implement the recommended placement, or identify options for maintaining the child's significant connections