Concurrent Permanency Planning

Resources from NRCPFC

  • Concurrent Planning: A Web-based Practice Toolkit
    This toolkit, funded through a cooperative agreement between the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York and the Children’s Bureau to the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC), is intended as an online tool for states and tribes where promising practices, programs and resources are made available. NRCPFC plans to regularly update the toolkit as new programs, practices, publications and policies that focus on concurrent planning become available. In putting together this toolkit, current research and documentation on concurrent planning was reviewed. Our goal is to provide the field with information on the nine components necessary for successful concurrent planning practice. We provide a broad array of resources from research, peer reviewed articles, state policies, procedures and practices, tip sheets, and curricula, as well as an organizational self study guide.
  • Introduction to the Concurrent Planning Toolkit 
    This NRCPFC teleconference introduces participants to NRCPFC’s Concurrent Planning Web-based Toolkit, which is intended as an online tool for states and tribes where promising practices, programs and resources in the area of concurrent planning are made available. Dr. Gerald P. Mallon, Executive Director of NRCPFC, and Madelyn Freundlich, NRCPFC Consultant, share how NRCPFC is currently using the Concurrent Planning Toolkit in conjunction with providing on- and off-site Technical Assistance. The accompanying PowerPoint presentation and other handouts for this teleconference are available for download. (March 2011)
  • Understanding and Using Concurrent Planning to Achieve Permanency for Children and Youth
    This presentation by Dr. Gerald P. Mallon, Executive Director of NRCPFC, was given at the ABA Conference “Best Practices to Implement AFSA: Creative Strategies for Practitioners.”  Dr. Mallon’s discussion included an overview of permanency and concurrent planning for children and youth, as well as principles of strengths/needs based practice and differential assessment. (August 2009)


  • Concurrent Planning: What the Evidence Shows
    Developed by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, in partnership with Susan Dougherty, this issue brief includes a review and synthesis of research on concurrent planning. The publication presents information identified in Final Reports from the Federal Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) regarding concurrent planning in the States, as well as successful examples from the field in the planning and implementation of concurrent planning. (April 2012)
  • Concurrent Planning- Existing Challenges and New Possibilities
    For more than 10 years, the State of California has required concurrent planning to occur in child welfare practice. This issue of the Northern California Training Academy’s publication Reaching Out: Current Issues for Child Welfare Practice in Rural Communities, is dedicated solely to the practice of concurrent planning. In addition to providing an overview of concurrent planning, the publication describes findings from California’s second CFSR leading to the State’s 2009 Program Improvement Plan (PIP). This issue details promising practices and pitfalls of concurrent planning, and provides tips, strategies, and tools for practitioners. (Spring/Summer 2009)
  • Concurrent Planning Activity Checklist
    Developed by the Northern California Training Academy, this checklist details activities that should be performed within a defined timeframe to achieve timely permanency for children involved in the child welfare system. Activities are divided into five planning phases including: 1) pre-placement and prevention, 2) initial assessment and placement, 3) reasonable efforts, 4) final permanency decision, and 5) post-permanency support. (October 2008)

Resources from the States

  • Idaho: Standard: Concurrent Planning
    Concurrent planning is the process of working toward reunification while at the same time establishing an alternative or contingency backup plan. The purpose of these standards from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is to provide direction and guidance to the Children and Family Services (CFS) programs regarding Concurrent Planning services. (July 2011)
  • Iowa: Permanency for Children: Concurrent Planning Practice Bulletin
    This practice bulletin from the Iowa Department of Human Services identifies the components of effective concurrent planning and its benefits. Supporting research on concurrent planning practice and research impacting supervision are also presented. It includes practice tips and a case permanency plan example. (July 2008)
  • Kansas: Concurrent Planning Assessment Matrix
    This assessment tool from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Children and Family Services is designed to identify children in need of concurrent planning placement. The tool consists of two sections: Section I lists prognosis indicators for early reunification (concurrent planning not needed) and Section II identifies poor prognosis indicators in which an alternative plan/placement should be developed (concurrent planning needed). This tool may be utilized in team decision-making and supervisory conferences. (July 2009)
  • Minnesota:
    • Concurrent Permanency Planning (CPP) Practice Guide
      This practice guide from the Ramsey County Human Services, Children and Family Services Division in Minnesota was developed to assist professionals working with child protection services-involved children and families. It is intended to supplement the CPP Stakeholder Roll-out training scheduled for March 2012. (2012)
  • Nebraska: Administrative Memo Re: Concurrent Planning Tool
    This memo for staff from Nebraska’s Division of Children and Family Services provides a tool to assist in the effective use of concurrent planning. It includes background information on concurrent planning and a concurrent planning checklist. (April 2012)
  • Wisconsin: Continuous Permanency Planning Timeline
    This resource is a work aid for county, tribal, contract, and state child welfare staff produced by the Wisconsin Department of Children & Families. This document reflects good practice standards and assists in coordinating permanency planning activities with collateral contacts while standardizing the process of concurrent case planning. This tool will assist in ensuring timely legal determinations and referrals for permanency consultation. (November 2005)
  • Wyoming:
    • Wyoming Concurrent Planning Handbook
      This handbook from the Wyoming Department of Family Services, prepared with the assistance of NRCPFC, describes the model of concurrent permanency planning adopted statewide, and provides guidance to caseworkers throughout the process. (December 2004)
    • Concurrent Planning Brochure for Parents, Guardians & Custodians
      This resource provides information to parents, guardians, and custodians when their children have been placed into the foster care system. It explains the process of concurrent planning, as well as concurrent planning foster-adoptive homes and kinship foster homes. It also discusses expectations and roles, actions that can be taken by the parent, guardian or custodian, and what might happen if the plan is not completed. (December 2004)
    • Concurrent Planning Guide/Tool
      This tool is for use in identifying children in need of concurrent planning. It seeks to balance a child’s need for permanency with recognition that the parents have the capacity for growth and change, and that reunification efforts continue in earnest, with the expectations that some children involved with concurrent planning will reunify. The tool is ideal for team decision-making.


  • Integrating Concurrent Planning into Child Welfare
    Developed by the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh, this training curriculum provides child welfare professionals with an understanding of what concurrent planning is, as well as its benefits and challenges. This training is intended for all caseworkers, supervisors, and administrators who provide direct services to families and/or develop policy that guides casework practice and allocation of resources. (2008)


  • Concurrent Planning
    This section of the Child Welfare Information Gateway provides an array of information and resources on concurrent planning, including state and local examples.


Last updated 6/13/12