Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

7.6 CPS Aftercare Planning

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
7.6 CPS Aftercare Planning

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The aftercare plan is part of the case closure process for investigations and ongoing cases.  The plan is negotiated in agreement with the family and other parties involved in the plan.  The plan identifies the continuum of services needed or desired by the family; and the nature of the follow-up, as well as, who will provide the services. The purpose of the aftercare plan is to document that the SSW has identified all service needs and has made appropriate referrals to meet the identified service needs..

Practice Guidance

  • If an aftercare plan is needed, the plan can include non-protective issues, such as licensing regulations, as well as protective issues that are either child specific concerns or general concerns that affect the home or entire facility or program. 
  • If it is decided by all involved parties that the tasks on the aftercare plan will be monitored, those that may agree to participate in the monitoring include:
    • The recruitment and certification (R&C) worker, for a DCBS foster, adoptive, or respite care home;
    • The DCBS Division of Child Care (DCC), for registered family child care homes or licensed child care centers;
    • The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) for supports for community living (SCL) programs or facilities;
    • The program or agency director and license holder or school superintendent or board, for unlicensed facilities (e.g. YMCA day camps, summer camps and schools); and
    • The person identified on the plan, if the issue is child specific;
  • The aftercare plan may be negotiated and agreed upon verbally and a hard copy mailed.  The SSW will utilize another FSOS or designee as a witness to the agreement.
  • The SSW does not include monitoring of any portion of an after care plan without the provider's explicit knowledge and written consent.
  • The preferred method for completing the aftercare plan is through the TWIST offline application, which can be accessed with or without an internet connection.


Aftercare Planning During the Closure of an Investigation


Aftercare planning is utilized when risk factors remain that do not rise to the level of opening a case for ongoing services; however, additional guidance or information may assist the family in preventing future abuse or neglect.  Examples of the appropriate use for an aftercare plan may include:

  • A substantiated finding will be made, but the referral can be closed; 
  • An unsubstantiated finding will be made, but there are risk factors or behaviors which need to be addressed;  
  • An unsubstantiated finding will be made, but community resources are requested by the family or recommended by the SSW; or
  • When a safety or prevention plan was negotiated during the investigation.


Aftercare Planning during the Closure of an Ongoing Case 


The aftercare plan is also used when an ongoing in-home case has been assessed for closure and no safety threats remain that require ongoing service provision. This includes:

  • Factors resulting in maltreatment are resolved and the parent or guardian can protect and meet the needs of child/children;
  • Documented risk of maltreatment is reduced and the parent or guardian can protect and meet the needs of the child(ren); or
  • Case planning goals have been achieved.

The aftercare plan is used in advance of closing any ongoing case, upon completion of protection and permanency services.  The plan indicates what referrals have been made or services recommended to continue preventive measures, which may include actions that the family intends to take as well as community resources that have been arranged.


The SSW: 

  1. Explores with the family and family's support system the need for continued services from community partners that include financial, medical, etc.;
  2. Negotiates with the family, including identified fathers as outlined in SOP 4.14 Family Attachment and Involvement, and the family's support system a specific and measurable plan for the family to obtain services to address existing needs;
  3. Establishes with the family and the family's support system additional and potential resources that may be called upon to prevent maltreatment or home instability, should a situation or crisis arise in the future;
  4. Provides any needed referrals;
  5. Advises individuals served that they may request assistance from child welfare community partners including DCBS. 
  6. Negotiates the aftercare plan with the family and other relevant individuals involved;
  7. Includes monitoring by those who participated in the aftercare planning process; 
  8. Ensures the plan is signed and/or agreed upon and dated by all parties who have a task/role on the plan; 
  9. Ensures that all parties involved in the plan receive a copy of the aftercare plan by using the individual's preference of-email, text, picture, and/or hard copy mailed and provide a copy to the following:
    1. Family members, including children of appropriate age;
    2. Alleged perpetrators (when safe to do so);
    3. Relatives, fictive kin, and other caregivers; and
    4. Community partners involved.
  10. Documents on the aftercare plan that community partner(s), when they are included in aftercare planning and are assigned specific tasks, will make a report to centralized intake if safety threats  arise after case closure; and
  11. Files a hard copy of the aftercare plan, after FSOS review, in the case file.


  1. Consults with the SSW regarding case closure to ensure the safety threats and risk factors can be mitigated by use of the aftercare plan. 
  2. Documents the consultation in the case record.


Contingencies and Clarifications

For families who do not have access to email or the ability to receive a copy of the signed aftercare plan by text, the SSW should complete the appropriate plan using the template linked within this SOP.  The hard copy should be left with the family.  The SSW should take a picture of the signed plan with their tablet and upload into TWIST

Related Information


Child Protection Branch Manager

275 East Main Street, 3E-B

Frankfort, KY 40621

(502) 564-2136 (phone)


Prevention Branch Manager

275 East Main Street, 3E-B

Frankfort, Ky 40621

(502) 564-4502 (phone)

(502) 564-4653 (fax)


Office of the Ombudsman

(502) 564-5497

Toll Free 1-800-372-2973

TTY (for hearing impaired) 1-800-627-4702 






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