The Reality of Concurrent Planning: Juggling Multiple Family Plans Expeditiously Without Sufficient Resources
24 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2009
Date Written: July 15, 2005
This article analyses the effects of the federal government’s mandate for concurrent planning in child dependency proceedings. It charts the historical shift in federal policy from family reunification to child placement permanency, and discusses the difficulty that social workers face between helping alleged abusing parents regain custody versus the efforts to permanently place the children with alternative care givers. The analyses demonstrates the many unintended consequences of concurrent planning, including the increase in the number of children freed from parental control but who have not yet been placed in a permanent custodial arrangement, and the effect of reducing the number of siblings who are placed in the same out-of-home custodial arrangement. Finally, the article discusses the conflicts between kinship care and adoptive placement created by the concurrent planning policy.
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