Often times a case plan includes requirements that CPS must meet but foster parents, generally, provide communication for their steps. The most specific example that I can recall is a requirement that the parents be notified of medical appointments. If a foster parent does not realize that notification requirement, then the goal cannot be accomplished and a parent’s attorney will ask why it was not completed. The foster parent notifying CPS turns into a critical step in the process.
Communication failures like this one could cause a case to drag out unnecessarily. Knowing what is expected in the case plan makes being a witness easier for foster parents.
Case plans provide a wealth of information. What appointments will the child need, medical, psychological, psychiatric, therapists, tutors? These needs could listed in the case plan but without reviewing it, the foster parent could be unaware of the important needs of a child.
© 2015 Nancee Tomlinson