260C.213 CONCURRENT PERMANENCY PLANNING.
Subdivision 1. Program; goals.
(a) The commissioner of human services shall establish a
program for concurrent permanency planning for child protection services.
(b) Concurrent permanency planning involves a planning process for children who are
placed out of the home of their parents pursuant to a court order, or who have been voluntarily
placed out of the home by the parents for 60 days or more and who are not developmentally
disabled or emotionally disabled under section
260C.212, subdivision 9
. The responsible social
services agency shall develop an alternative permanency plan while making reasonable efforts for
reunification of the child with the family, if required by section
. The goals of concurrent
permanency planning are to:
(1) achieve early permanency for children;
(2) decrease children's length of stay in foster care and reduce the number of moves children
experience in foster care; and
(3) develop a group of families who will work towards reunification and also serve as
permanent families for children.
Subd. 2. Development of guidelines and protocols.
The commissioner shall establish
guidelines and protocols for social services agencies involved in concurrent permanency
planning, including criteria for conducting concurrent permanency planning based on relevant
factors such as:
(1) age of the child and duration of out-of-home placement;
(2) prognosis for successful reunification with parents;
(3) availability of relatives and other concerned individuals to provide support or a permanent
placement for the child; and
(4) special needs of the child and other factors affecting the child's best interests.
In developing the guidelines and protocols, the commissioner shall consult with interest
groups within the child protection system, including child protection workers, child protection
advocates, county attorneys, law enforcement, community service organizations, the councils
of color, and the ombudsperson for families.
Subd. 3. Parental involvement and disclosure.
Concurrent permanency planning programs
must include involvement of parents and full disclosure of their rights and responsibilities; goals
of concurrent permanency planning; support services that are available for families; permanency
options; and the consequences of not complying with case plans.
Subd. 4. Technical assistance.
The commissioner of human services shall provide ongoing
technical assistance, support, and training for responsible social services agencies and other
individuals and agencies involved in concurrent permanency planning.
Subd. 5. Availability of funding.
The requirements of this section relating to concurrent
permanency planning are effective only for state fiscal years when aid is distributed for concurrent
History: 1999 c 139 art 3 s 27; 2000 c 260 s 41; 2001 c 178 art 1 s 44; 1Sp2003 c 14
art 11 s 11; 2005 c 56 s 1