Concurrent Planning Toolkit

Concurrent Planning

Continuing Training series

This series provides standardized ongoing education to child welfare case workers throughout California who have already completed Common Core training. The continuing education training series targets an area of child welfare practice that needs improvement throughout the state of California. Concurrent Planning has been selected as the focus for this series for two years in a row (Fiscal Years 19/20 and 20/21), which indicates that significant statewide practice change is needed. The case review process has revealed that concurrent planning activities are inconsistently documented in case files, court reports, and in the CWS/CMS data management system throughout the state.

What is Concurrent Planning?

Concurrent Planning is the mandatory process of working toward one legal permanency goal (typically family reunification) while at the same time establishing an alternative permanency goal with--input from the child and family--and implementing a detailed plan to reach that goal. It is a practice with a legislative and philosophical history spanning 60 years. Concurrent Planning is not a new trend, but rather a vital part of quality child welfare practice that has been evolving and improving over time.

How do we do this?

Concurrent Planning involves a mix of meaningful family engagement, targeted case practice, and legal strategies implemented throughout the life of the case. Most importantly, it occurs through rich engagement with the child or youth, their parents and caregivers, and other people involved in the plans by way of consistent, clear, and honest conversations.

Why do we do it?

Most importantly, Concurrent Planning is in line with the primary duty and responsibility of child welfare work, which is the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and youth in care. Quality practice in Concurrent Planning supports all these necessary elements by reducing unnecessary time in temporary placement, minimizing the number of placements, and including children and youth in the planning process.

Resources can be found on the next webpage: Training Resources