Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

13.21 Annual Permanency Reviews

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter 13-Adoption Services
13.21 Annual Permanency Reviews

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Legal Authority/Introduction



The SSW: 

  1. Notifies the court of the need for an annual permanency review (APR) sixty (60) days prior to the twelve (12) month deadline;
  2. Notifies the adoptive parents of the APR at least seven (7) days prior to the court date. 1  

Practice Guidance

  • Annual permanency reviews are held every twelve (12) months in the court, which is responsible for reviewing the permanency plan.
  • As long as the child is in an adoptive placement, annual permanency reviews are continued until the adoption judgment has been granted by the circuit or family court.
  • Adoptive parents have the right to have their attorney present, at the court’s discretion.
  • If the adoptive placement disrupts or the child’s status in the home changes from adoption to foster care and the child is recommitted to the Cabinet, annual permanency reviews are reinstated.


  1. Notification includes information on the purpose, time and location of the review and who is to attend.


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