Concurrent Planning for Timely Permanency for Children - Oklahoma

Date: August 2021

Defining Concurrent Planning

Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10A, § 1-1-105(14)

'Concurrent permanency planning' means, when indicated, the implementation of two plans for a child entering foster care. One plan focuses on reuniting the parent and child; the other seeks to find a permanent out-of-home placement for the child with both plans being pursued simultaneously.

State Approaches to Concurrent Planning

Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 10A, § 1-4-706(B)

If the child is removed from the custody of the child's parent, the court or the Department of Human Services, as applicable, shall immediately consider concurrent permanency planning and, when appropriate, develop a concurrent plan so that permanency may occur at the earliest opportunity. Consideration should be given so that if reunification fails or is delayed, the placement made is the best available placement to provide permanency for the child.

The court shall further establish an initial permanency plan for the child, determine if aggravated circumstances exist pursuant to title 10A, § 1-4-809, and determine whether reunification services are appropriate for the child and the child's family.

When reunification with a parent or legal guardian is the permanency plan and concurrent planning is indicated, the court shall determine if efforts are being made to place the child in accordance with the concurrent permanency plan, including whether appropriate in-State and out-of-State permanency options have been identified and pursued.

Every effort shall be made to place the child with a suitable relative of the child.