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TENNESSEE COMPILATION OF SELECTED LAWS ON CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES, 2011 EDITION

TENNESSEE CODE ANNOTATED

Title 37 Juveniles

Chapter 2 Placement of Juveniles

Part 4 Foster Care

37-2-404. Progress report to court or review board - Review of permanency plan.

(a) In addition to the plan required in § 37-2-403, the department or agency shall submit to the appropriate court or foster care review board a report for each child in its foster care on progress made in achieving the goals set out in the plan. Such reports shall be prepared by the department or agency having custody of the child within ninety (90) days of the date of foster care placement and no less frequently than every six (6) months thereafter for so long as the child remains in foster care. At the time the progress report is provided to the court or foster care review board, the department or agency shall also provide a copy of the report to the child's parent(s) whose rights have not been terminated or surrendered, the parent's attorney, the guardian ad litem and/or attorney for the child, and the child who is a party to the proceeding.

(b) Within ninety (90) days of the date of foster care placement and no less often than every six (6) months thereafter for so long as the child remains in foster care, the court or foster care review board shall review the plan for each child in foster care. Notice of this review and the right to attend and participate in the review shall be provided to the child's parent(s) whose rights have not been terminated or surrendered, the parent's attorney, the guardian ad litem and/or attorney for the child, foster parents, prospective adoptive parent, relative providing care for the child and the child who is a party to the proceeding. The department and the court shall develop adequate procedures to provide notice of the review to the aforementioned persons. The court or board shall review the safety, permanency and wellbeing of the child by assessing the necessity and appropriateness of continued foster care placement, the appropriateness of services for the child, the compliance of all parties to the statement of responsibilities, the extent of progress in alleviating or mitigating the causes necessitating placement in foster care and in achieving the goals contained in the permanency plan, and project a likely date on which the goal of the plan will be achieved.

Acts 1976, ch. 731, § 3; 1978, ch. 804, § 3; 1979, ch. 272, § 2; 1982, ch. 811, § 3; 1983, ch. 438, § 13; T.C.A., § 37-1503; Acts 1988, ch. 560, §§ 7, 8; 1996, ch. 1079, § 111; 1998, ch. 1097, § 18; 2010, ch. 842, § 5.

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