The primary goal once children are removed from their home is reunification with their parent(s). Timely permanency is defined as a child being in their permanent home within one year of removal from their home. Other permanency options that the court can recommend are as follows:
- Return home
- Permanent placement with a relative through adoption
- Permanent placement with a relative through allocation of parental rights (legal custody)
- Adoption (non-relative)
- Legal guardianship/permanent custody (non-relative)
On certain cases, a concurrent permanency plan will be recommended to the court. A concurrent plan is an alternate plan in case a child cannot return home or the first permanent plan does not work.