(a) Modifications. After the case plan has been developed, the tasks and services agreed upon in the plan may not be changed or altered except as follows.
(1) The case plan may be amended at any time to change the goal of the plan, employ the use of concurrent planning, add or remove tasks the parent must complete to substantially comply with the plan, provide appropriate services for the child, and update the child’s health, mental health, and education records.
(2) The case plan may be amended on approval of the court if all parties are in agreement regarding the amendments to the plan and the amended plan is signed by all parties and submitted to the court with a memorandum of explanation.
(3) The case plan may be amended by the court or on motion of any party at any hearing to change the goal of the plan, employ the use of concurrent planning, or add or remove the tasks the parent must complete in order to substantially comply with the plan, if there is a preponderance of evidence demonstrating the need for the amendment.
(4) The case plan may be amended by the court or on motion of any party at any hearing to provide appropriate services to the child if there is competent evidence demonstrating the need for the amendment.
(5) The case plan is deemed amended as to the child’s health, mental health, and education records when the child’s updated health and education records are filed by the department.
When determining whether to amend the case plan, the court must consider the length of time the case has been open, the level of parental engagement to date, the number of case plan tasks completed, the child’s type of placement and attachment, and the potential for successful reunification.
(b) Basis to Amend the Case Plan. The need to amend the case plan may be based on information discovered or circumstances arising after the approval of the case plan for:
(1) a previously unaddressed condition that, without services, may prevent the child from safely returning to or remaining in the home;
(2) the child’s need for permanency;
(3) the failure of a party to substantially comply with a task in the original case plan, including the ineffectiveness of a previously offered service;
(4) an error or oversight in the case plan;
(5) information discovered or circumstances arising after the approval of the plan regarding the provision of safe and proper care for the child; or
(6) incarceration of a parent after a case plan has been developed if the parent’s incarceration has an impact on permanency for the child, including, but not limited to:
(A) modification of provisions regarding visitation and contact with the child;
(B) identification of services within the facility; or
(C) changing the permanency goal or establishing a concurrent case plan goal.
(c) Service. A copy of the amended plan must be immediately given to all parties.