PERMANENCY PLANNING CONFERENCE MEETING
Michigan Department of Human Services
A Permanency Planning Conference (PPC) meeting is an opportunity for parents,
extended family members, children (if age appropriate) and child welfare staff to meet
and discuss concerns related to a child(ren)’s safety and placement
The Circuit Court, Family Division is not a participating party to the PPC. Any
agreement or recommendation is not binding on the court. All participants maintain their
legal due process rights regardless of their level of participation in a PPC.
The goal of the Permanency Planning Conference (PPC) meeting is to reach a decision
that all team members can support, that ensures safety and that is in the best interest
of the child(ren). However, if there is not agreement, the Department of Human
Services (DHS) is responsible for making the decision/recommendation that complies
with DHS policy and law.
The safety and protection of children drive the PPC process and open and honest
communication is encouraged. All participants are asked to maintain the privacy of
sensitive information. Information from the PPC may be used for case planning, in court
proceedings and in the investigation of new allegations of abuse or neglect should such
information be discovered during the PPC.
A parent may choose to not participate in a PPC or answer certain questions that they
believe may harm them later in court proceeding or a CPS investigation. A parent may
also choose to exclude individuals from certain conversations. If a parent chooses not
to participate in a PPC, the meeting will go forward and a recommendation regarding
their children will be made and presented to the court. The court is the body that makes
the final determination regarding placement based on all information presented in open
Department of Human Services (DHS) will not discriminate against any individual or group because of race, religion,
age, national origin, color, height, weight, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
political beliefs or disability. If you need help with reading, writing, hearing, etc., under the Americans with Disabilities
Act, you are invited to make your needs known to a DHS office in your area.
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