After a child has been declared dependent the court holds a review hearing at least every six months. The purpose of the review hearings is to evaluate the progress made in solving family problems. At these hearings, the court also reviews the child’s placement and decides if its continued involvement is necessary. The court is also required by law to hold a Permanency Hearing if the dependency has been in effect for at least one (1) year. The purpose of the permanency hearing is to determine if the child would be safe if returned home, or if another permanent plan, such as adoption, guardianship or long-term foster care is the most appropriate plan for the child.