§4 ch23: Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA) as a Permanency Option
23.1 Definition and Purpose
The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) created Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA) as the least preferred permanency option for children. Not intended to be a catch all for whatever temporary plan is needed, APPLA is a “living arrangement that is truly planned and permanent” in nature. “Planned” means the arrangement is intended, designed, considered, premeditated, or deliberate. “Permanent” means enduring, lasting, or stable. The term “living arrangement” includes not only the physical placement of the child, but also the quality of care, supervision, and nurturing the child will receive. While “living arrangement” may not necessarily be a specific residence or facility it does imply certain stabilizing features.
The other four preferred permanency plans (reunification, adoption, guardianship, and placement with a fit and willing relative) consider more than the physical place a child resides. They involve a specific adult or couple (as opposed to an organization) who will be in charge of the young person, exercise certain powers and responsibilities, and likely live with the young person. Further, the caregiver’s familial relationship with the child will be continuing in nature. Therefore, it follows that an APPLA either will involve a permanent adult caregiver of the child or at least adult parent figures playing permanent and important roles in the child’s life.
The decision and development of an APPLA should include all parties (parent(s), placement provider, youth, service worker, Guardian ad Litem, and the court) and they should be in agreement and have complete understanding of the commitment required. In addition, the Planned Permanency Agreement, CD-129, should be completed when the permanency options of Placement with a Fit and Willing Relative and Another Permanent Planned Living Arrangement are selected.