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Plans of Self Care

Posted 4/12/2021 (updated 9/2/2021)

Plans of Safe Care (POSC) for infants affected by illegal substance abuse have been a requirement in child welfare legislation since 2003, but, with these increases in opioid use disorder and neonatal abstinence syndrome, the focus on planning for the safe care of infants and support for their families has intensified.

The Administration for Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau, which provides guidance related to POSC, has identified multi-system collaboration as a best practice to support affected infants and their families. The following resources support tribes, regions, states, and local jurisdictions as they consider how to collaborate in planning for the safe care of infants in their communities.