We had an Administrative Case Review (ACR) this week. In our state they are required every 6 months to go over the case plan with the caseworker, bio parents, foster parents, CASA, and whoever else might be part of the plan. It's a third party review that everyone is doing what they are supposed to and that the plan supports the goal.
When the Fab Four lived with me these ACRs would take 2 hours because everything was in both English and Spanish. The last one we had for the Quartet was about an hour and the reviewer really gave the case worker, Willow, a hard time about medical appointments.
This ACR was quick and painless. We were done in 30 minutes. It was a little goofy because the case plan we were reviewing was based off the return home goal. Since the goal changed to Substitute Care the plan pretty much goes out the window in terms of focus on the bio parents. This ACR was all about the kids. And I got to do all the talking. It was the first time someone said to me, "do the kids have all they need?" And I felt like they meant it.
I was expecting Sheila to attend which typically makes the hard conversations about consistency and behavior even tougher, but she didn't show. (On court days she typically runs 30 minutes so the meeting was over if she did attend.)
The caseworker put an end to the weekly phone calls. I'm glad I didn't have to make the decision. We'll see how she reacts.