DCFS INFO MEMO 2005 -11          October 27, 2005

Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services

To:  Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
Bureau Directors
County Departments of Community Programs Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities Services Directors
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
Section Chiefs/Licensing Chiefs
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators
From:  Burnie Bridge
Re:  Current Federal and State Requirements for Permanency Plan Content and Procedures


In the federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR), the issue of achieving permanence for children was identified as an area requiring improvement. As part of its response in the Program Enhancement Plan (PEP), DHFS agreed to issue clarification on definitions, procedures, and content of initial and subsequent permanency plans (including transition plans for independent living), permanency plan reviews, and permanency plan hearings. The Department also agreed to issue clarification on the issues of an agency's authority to complete termination of parental rights (TPR) prior to identification of an adoptive family, application of exceptions to the reasonable efforts requirements, and definitions of "difficult to place" and "at-risk" children. This Information Memo clarifies only current requirements under federal and Wisconsin law. No new statutes, rules, or policies are created. A separate memo will be issued on the definitions of difficult to place and at-risk children.

Current statutory requirements related to permanency planning are contained in: 42 U.S.C. 671., 42 U.S.C. 675, and ss. 48.355, 48.38,, 938.355, and 938.38, Stats. These statutory requirements are incorporated in: JD-1791 Permanency Plan Hearing Order; JD-1766 Request to Change Placement, Revise/Extend Dispositional Order, Review Permanency Plan; the Permanency Plan template, and the Permanency Plan Review template in e-WiSACWIS.

For more information on the PEP and CFSR please see: http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/cwreview/cfsr.htm 

P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
Phone: 608-267-2073
E-Mail: connoc1@dhfs.state.wi.us


Federal and State Requirements for Permanency plan Content and Procedures  (PDF, 33 kb) 

cc: County CPS Supervisors
County Foster Care Coordinators
Tribal Child Welfare Contacts
District Court Administrators


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