a child enters custody, the DCS Case Manager (and contract agency case manager, if applicable) shall work closely
from the beginning with birth families
and all others to assure appropriate planning for permanency.
a.Must be held within seven (7) days of custody.
b.Must involve family members with whom the child was
living prior to custody.
c.Must include the child if twelve (12) or older (and
younger, if appropriate).Child may not participate if not
participating would be in his/her best
ØPurpose of Initial Family Meeting is to:
a.To discuss the problems that necessitated the child’s
b.To access the appropriateness of the child’s placement
based on the reasons for removal,
contacts with the child, contacts with the foster home or other placement, and all other available
c.To arrange immediate visitation schedule between the
child and the parents;
d.To identify possible relative placements;
e.To begin an assessment of the child’s and family’s
f.To arrange for a schedule of contacts between the
parents and the worker.