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Case Planning for Families Involved with Child Welfare Agencies
Series: State Statutes|
Child Welfare Information Gateway |
|Year Published: 2011|
Current Through December 2010
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Since the passage of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act (P.L. 96-272) in 1980, Federal law requires the development of a written case plan for any child receiving foster care maintenance payments under title IV-E (42 U.S.C. 671(16)). This review of statutes and administrative codes shows that States are using a variety of approaches to address the issue of case planning. States generally require a case plan when a child is placed in out-of-home care or when a child and his or her family are receiving any kind of in-home services to prevent placement.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
When Care Plans Are Required
Participants in the Process
Contents of a Case Plan
Summary of State Laws
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Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2011). Case planning for families involved with child welfare agencies. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
This publication is a product of the State Statutes Series prepared by Child Welfare Information Gateway. While every attempt has been made to be complete, additional information on these topics may be in other sections of a State's code as well as agency regulations, case law, and informal practices and procedures.
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