Concurrent Planning (CP) was developed and introduced by the Federal government through Federal Assembly Bill (AB) 1544, which was implemented in 1998, to address the large number of children without permanent plans and living in out-of-home placements.
AB 1544 requires child protection agencies to support reunification between children and their parents, while at the same time developing permanent plans for the children in case reunification efforts fail.
Children who are dependents of the Juvenile Court, and whose cases have been identified as probable candidates for adoption, are placed in potentially permanent homes with Resource Families as early in the dependency process as possible.
CP allows children to become part of their potentially permanent families as soon as possible and aids in the development of their attachments.
Children may be placed with Resource Families when:
Reunification with their biological parents appears unlikely, yet the legal timelines for reunification have not been completely fulfilled.
There are no reunification services offered to the biological families.