What is a Service Plan or Action Plan?
In Massachusetts DCF is required to provide services to help what they determined to be troubled families who are identified in support of 51A’s. This is true whether the children remain in the home or are placed in foster homes. They can be such services as daycares or homemaking services. They can do counseling for you or your child, there are different issues involving substance abuse or parenting skills.
You would be well advised to again contact an attorney before signing your Action or again what used to be called your Service Plan. You can negotiate terms, sign parts and disagree with parts of it and the Service Plan is a very important process.
Some of the services might sound okay but might end up being something that you very much not want to sign. Other services might be fine, it depends on the circumstances. DCF sometimes is overbroad in terms of what they are seeking for services.