1150. Case Plan

Purpose Statement

The Case Plan specifies what must change to reduce or eliminate safety threats and increase the parent or caregiver's protective capacities to assure the child's safety and well being. CA co-develops case plans with family members and community partners.


  1. Case plans are focused, time limited, behaviorally specific, attainable, relevant, and understandable to all.
  2. Case plans must focus on behavioral change to reduce safety threats and increase parental protective capacities so that parents can resume the protective function for the family.
  3. Case plans must include both family and individual level objectives that are directly linked to the identified safety threats.
  4. Each objective must be supported by specific and measurable tasks that outline the action steps needed to successfully achieve each objective.
  5. Assigned tasks are action steps that family members, social workers, providers, resources and natural supports are willing and able to do to achieve the objectives.
  6. Family and individual level objectives provide the basis for the case plan and involvement with CA. Once objectives are achieved, CA's involvement with the family ends.


  1. Develop case plans with the family, providers, resources and natural supports as applicable during a face-to-face meeting or shared planning meeting.
  2. Complete a Family Assessment when developing a case plan and complete the Assessment of Progress when changing or ending the case plan.
  3. Develop Voluntary Case Plans when the family meets criteria per Service Agreement Policy and Court Ordered Case Plans when the family meets criteria per 43081 Dependency Petition Process.
  4. Create an Initial Voluntary Case Plan for a period up to 90 calendar days. A subsequent Case Plan may be developed for an additional 90 calendar days with supervisor approval. If services are extended beyond 180 calendar days, AA approval is required.
  5. Connect objectives to the safety threats identified through assessment. Objectives should not change throughout the life of the case.
  6. Include required objectives based on the identified safety threats and needs of the family as assessed by the Safety Assessment(s) and information obtained through working with the family. Objectives include:
    1. Primary Family Level Objectives (FLO)
    2. Secondary FLO
    3. Individual Level Objectives (ILO)
    4. Child Action Plan (out-of-home care only)
  7. Include at a minimum the following under both the family and individual level objective on the initial case plan:
    1. A specific and measurable plan.
    2. Provider/service/natural supports/social worker to assist in the development of this plan. Include social worker's role in acquiring resources.
    3. A process of how and who this plan will be shared and by when.
    4. How progress will be documented and celebrated.
  8. Follow the same format for updated and ongoing case plans. Reflect the continued use of a provider, resource, social worker or natural supports.
  9. Attach any provider plan developed with the parent(s) to the case plan when presented in court.
  10. Identify the underlying and contributing factors associated with the safety threats so the factors can be addressed within the case plan.
  11. Identify and coordinate the services needed for the:
    1. Reduction or elimination of safety threats to the child.
    2. Enhancement of parental protective capacity to change conditions, circumstances or behaviors contributing to the identified safety threat.
  12. Evaluate and measure progress in the assessment of progress based on the behaviorally-specific objectives required and described in the case plan.
  13. Update and revise the case plan when reunifying the child. The case plan must address the transition process for children and parents per Trial Return Home Policy. Continue assessing identified objectives after child returns home.