with initial involvement with children and families and throughout the life of the case, DCS will attempt
to work intensively with families to keep children from entering custody or, if
custody is necessary, DCS will work intensively to reunite children with their families.If reunification is not possible within a reasonable period of time, DCS
will assure the child an alternative, appropriate, permanent placement.
whereabouts are unknown, DCS must begin a diligent search with efforts documented in the case record.
meeting and planning process will begin, notwithstanding