Concurrent Planning for Timely Permanency for Children - Oregon

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Defining Concurrent Planning

Citation: Admin. Rules § 413-040-0000(14)

'Concurrent permanent plan' means the alternate permanency plan whenever the child has been placed in substitute care when the goal of the permanency plan is to return the child to the parents. The 'concurrent permanent plan' is developed simultaneously with the plan to return the child to the parents or legal guardians.

State Approaches to Concurrent Planning

Citation: Rev. Stat. §§ 419B.343(2); 491B.449(6); Admin. Rules § 413-040-0010(1)(i)

Except in cases when the plan is something other than to reunify the family, the Department of Human Services shall include the following in the case plan:

  • Appropriate services to allow the parent the opportunity to adjust the parent's circumstances, conduct, or conditions to make it possible for the ward to return home safely within a reasonable time
  • A concurrent permanent plan to be implemented if the parent is unable or unwilling to adjust the parent's circumstances, conduct, or conditions in such a way as to make it possible for the ward to return home safely within a reasonable time

Effective September 25, 2021: In making the findings at a review hearing, the court shall consider the efforts made to develop the concurrent case plan, including, but not limited to, identification of appropriate permanent placement options for the child both inside and outside this State and, if adoption is the concurrent case plan, identification and selection of a suitable adoptive placement for the child.

In regulation: When the child is in substitute care, the case plan also must include the following:

  • Current placement information, including the following:
    • The location of the child and the substitute caregiver of the child
    • Documentation that shows that the child is receiving safe and appropriate care in the least restrictive environment able to provide safety and well-being for the child
    • The child's record of visits with his or her parents and siblings
    • The permanency plan
    • The conditions for return
  • The concurrent permanent plan and the progress the department has made in implementing the concurrent permanent plan