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  • Monitor all children and youth in out-of-home care at a minimum of every six months to ensure that the county or region is addressing the child's health, safety, and progress toward permanency.
  • Ensure that each child has a case plan designed to achieve placement in a safe, healthy, and stable setting that is the least restrictive (most family-like) and most appropriate setting available and in close proximity to the parents' home consistent with the best interest and needs of the child.
  • Ensure that children in foster care are placed in permanent homes in a timely manner, while preserving families and family-like connections whenever possible and safe.
  • Provide foster parents, pre-adoptive parents, and relative caregivers of children in foster care with notice of and an opportunity to be heard in any review held with respect to the child in their care.
  • Protect the due process rights of parents, children, and providers.
  • Ensure that all children's health and education records are reviewed and updated, and supplied to the foster parent or foster care provider with whom the child is placed.
  • Establish partnerships with key agencies, departments, and individuals who share responsibility and authority for improving the lives of children in foster care.
  • Influence state and county decision makers to improve policy, practice, and services to more effectively address the needs of children in care using the data generated by the review system.
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of state and county programs to assist program and policy makers in their decision making.
  • Maximize federal funding for the provision of services.
  • Monitor that reasonable efforts are made to maintain the family unit through the provision of in-home services.
  • Operate an identifiable quality assurance system as described in the Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) that:
    • Is in place in all jurisdictions within the State where services included in the CFSP are provided;
    • Is able to evaluate the adequacy and quality of services provided under the CFSP;
    • Is able to identify the strengths and needs of the service delivery system it evaluates;
    • Provides reports to agency administrators on the quality of services evaluated and needs for improvement; and
    • Evaluates measures implemented to address identified problems.