Concurrent Permanency Planning should be used any time the permanency plan is reunification. Concurrent Permanency Planning is optional when adoption, guardianship, placement with a fit and willing relative or APPLA is the permanency plan.
Reunification cannot be a concurrent plan.
Example 1: If a child is removed from his mother while his father is in jail, but his father will be getting out of jail soon, the primary permanency plan will be reunification with mother or father. The concurrent plan would not be reunification with father. In this scenario, if the child reunifies with dad, the close reason should be “goal achieved”. Selecting “other” and typing in living with relatives in the explanation would not be a suitable close reason for this example.
Example 2: If a child is removed from his grandmother and the plan is to reunify with the grandmother or the mother or the father, the primary permanency plan would be reunification. The concurrent plan would not be reunification with the mother or father. The concurrent plan could be adoption or guardianship with another relative.
In addition, the primary plan and the concurrent plan cannot be the same.