Exploring Long Term Placement Options
Occasionally, the facts of a particular case dictate that CPS may be looking for long term placement. For example, cases involving young children and parents with extensive drug use, mental health issues, and/or CPS history may indicate that there is a likelihood that reunification will not occur. In such instances, in an attempt to minimize the change of placement that a child may experience, it is common to seek temporary placement with a caretaker that, if need be, can commit to the long term care of a child. Thus, if you find yourself in a CPS case, either as a parent or friend/relative of a child that has been placed in substitute care, it is important to take into consideration the child's long term placement needs.