To work towards family reunification while, at the same time, developing an alternative permanent plan. In the state of California, Concurrent Planning must take place.
A process used in foster care case management by which child welfare staff work toward family reunification and, at the same time, develop an alternative permanency plan for the child. The alternate plan may include, permanent placement with a relative, or adoption. When family reunification fails, concurrent planning reduces the time a child spends in foster care before a child is placed with a permanent family.
Plan for foster care in which family reunification is worked toward at the same time as an alternate permanency plan for the child is developed. If efforts at reunification fail, the child is permanently placed with a relative or adopted by a non-related family. Concurrent planning can reduce the amount of time a child spends in foster care.