Concurrent Planning for Timely Permanency for Children - North Dakota

Date: August 2021

Defining Concurrent Planning

This issue is not addressed in the statutes and regulations reviewed.

State Approaches to Concurrent Planning

Citation: Cent. Code § 27-20.3-18(5); DHS Pol. Man. § 624-05-15-20

Efforts to place a child for adoption, with a fit and willing relative or other appropriate individual as a legal guardian, or in another planned permanent living arrangement, may be made concurrently with reasonable efforts to preserve and reunify the family.

From the Department of Human Services policy manual: The permanency-planning process, including concurrent planning, begins at the time the child is considered to have entered foster care and continues through case closure. This process is intended to ensure the safety and well-being of the child and a permanent home in their future.