Wyoming Plans of Safe Care (PoSC)
A Plan of Safe Care is designed for Infants Prenatally Substance Exposed and their families.
In 2023, the Wyoming Legislature codified the Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act- Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CAPTA-CARA) requirement for a Plan of Safe Care. W.S. 35-2-1401 requires the development of a plan of safe care when an infant is born with and identified, or identified prenatally, as being affected by substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug or alcohol exposure. Information on the state law can be found here.
What is a plan of safe care?
The ultimate goal is ensuring families have the support needed to ensure a greater likelihood of family stability and reduce separation of mother and baby. A PoSC is a document that lists and directs referrals for services and supports to provide for the safety and well-being of an infant prenatally substance exposed.
It is also:
- A personalized guide to ensure care coordination is provided to help families thrive.
- A document that reflects strengths, needs, and accomplishments to your providers.
When can a plan of safe care be made?
A Plan of Safe Care should be initiated at the time prenatal substance use is identified; this can be prenatally or at the birth event. Both federal and state law require that a plan of safe care be developed prior to the infant discharging from the hospital.
The earlier a Plan of Safe Care is initiated, the more time the support system can assist in preparing for the baby.
Helpful Tools & Resources
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