MO Child Welfare manual, Section 4, Chapter 7.2


FSTs should be held in order to make key decisions and for the purpose of:

  • Assessing the safety of the child;
  • Determining service and treatment needs;
  • Determining the need for placement and developing a plan for reunification or other permanency option;
  • Determining the appropriate placement of the child;
  • Review educational stability;
  • Evaluating case progress; and
  • Establishing and revising the case plan.

A Permanency Planning Review Team (PPRT) meeting may occur any time after the case plan has been implemented but must be held prior to six months from the date the child entered care, and then every six months thereafter for as long as the CD maintains custody. Per the Adoptions Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 the child’s status is to be reviewed periodically but no less frequently than once every six months. The PPRT is comprised of the same people as the FST except that at least one person not responsible for the case management of, or delivery of services to, either the child or the parents must participate in the PPR.

1. The Permanency Planning Review Team’s purpose is to determine:

  •  The safety of the child;
  • The continuing necessity for and appropriateness of the placement;
  • The extent of compliance with the case plan;
  • The extent and progress which has been made in alleviating or mitigating the causes necessitating placement in foster care;
  • The quality and compliance of the visitation plan;
  • To project a likely date by which the child may be returned to and safely maintained in the home or placed for adoption or legal guardianship; and
  • Review Educational Stability.

All information provided at meetings or administrative hearings regarding removal of a child is confidential except:

  • A parent or a party may waive confidentiality for himself or herself.
  • Any parent has the absolute right to record or videotape such meeting to the extent allowed by the law.
  • No parent or party shall be required to sign a confidentiality agreement before testifying or providing information at such meeting or hearing.
  • Any person, other than a parent or party, who does not agree to maintain confidentiality may be excluded from any portion of the meeting during which he/she is not testifying or providing information.

Related Subject: Section 4 Chapter 9.2 Administrative Review Process