Child and Family Services (PA-CFS) 31: Case Closing and Aftercare
The agency works with children and families to plan for case closing and develop aftercare plans.
This core concept applies regardless of permanency outcome – the agency is expected to work with families who received in-home services, reunified families, adoptive families, families with permanent legal guardianship, youth transitioning to independence, and birth parents who will not be reunited with their children.
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Examples: Supportive people chosen by children and families can include, for example, extended family, friends, and other service providers.
Upon case closing, the agency notifies any collaborating service providers, including tribal governments, as appropriate.
When children have remained or been reunified with their families, the case closing process includes a discussion with the family about the successful changes in behaviors and conditions that reduced risk to the child and strategies for maintaining those changes.
The agency works with children and families to develop an aftercare plan, sufficiently in advance of case closing, that identifies short- and long-term needs and goals and facilitates the initiation or continuation of needed supports and services, including crisis resources.
Note: When a case is closed because an adoption or guardianship has been finalized, the specifics of aftercare planning will be covered by PA-CFS 29, and when a youth ages out of care without having achieved legal permanency, additional details regarding transition planning will be covered by PA-CFS 21.07 and PA-CFS 21.08. Similarly, when children have been reunified with their families, the aftercare plans referenced in this standard will likely be extensions of the plans for support and services described in PA-CFS 20. When cases are closed following the provision of in-home services, without children ever being separated from their families, aftercare planning will be entirely covered by this core concept standard.
The agency follows up on the aftercare plan, as appropriate, when possible, and with the permission of children and families.