Concurrent Planning: An innovative foster care case management tool that is employed by caseworkers and other child welfare staff members, where they pursue the primary goal of family reunification, while at the same time, they are also developing an alternative permanency plan for the child. This alternate plan will often include adoption as the major alternative to family reunification. If the family reunification efforts fail, then the alternate plan will already be in place and well on its way to completion. Concurrent planning is intended to reduce the total period of time a child will remain in foster care before being permanently placed with a family.
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