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Statutory provisions, cont’d.

(d)(3)  Permanency plan may include the goal of (A) placement with the parent, (B) transfer of guardianship, (C) long-term foster care with a relative licensed as a foster parent or certified as a relative caregiver; or (D) termination of parental rights and adoption or “such other planned permanent living arrangement ordered by the court provided the commissioner has documented a compelling reason why it would not be in the best interest of the child for the plan to be A- D.  “Such other planned permanent living arrangement” may include, but not be limited to, placement in an independent living program or long-term foster care with an identified foster parent.

(4)  At the permanency plan hearing the court shall review the status of the child and the progress being made in implementing the permanency plan, establish a timeline, and determine whether the commissioner has made “reasonable efforts to achieve the permanency plan.”  At the conclusion of the hearing, the court may:

(A) direct that the services being provided, or the placement of the child or youth and reunification efforts, be continued if the court, after hearing, determines that continuation of the child in services or placement is in the child’s best interests, or

(B) direct that the child services or placement be modified to reflect the child’s best interest.

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