Foster Care Review

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This line item funds a mandatory biannual review by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) of the case plan of each child in foster care.

An independent evaluation of every foster child's case plan by a panel not otherwise involved in the case takes place approximately every six months. The case review panel consists of a case reviewer from the DCF Foster Care Review Unit, a member of the administrative staff from the local DCF area office and a volunteer case reviewer from the local community. The case plan which is being reviewed outlines the goals for the child and the family, and identifies resources to help meet those goals. The plan is jointly conceived by DCF social workers, foster parents, and the family, and is updated by the same stakeholders every six months. The review evaluates the appropriateness of a child’s placement and determines whether continued placement is necessary. The panel also measures progress towards the goals outlined in the service plan.

Massachusetts’ case review process is based on research which notes the importance of a review process distinct from case planning. The review provides feedback on a case, flags issues that may affect the child and family’s ability to meet their goals, and can also be used in aggregate to measure system effectiveness.

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