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NCJ Number: 118403 Find in a Library
Title: Making Reasonable Efforts: Steps for Keeping Families Together
Corporate Author: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America

Youth Law Ctr
United States of America

Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
United States of America

National Center for Youth Law
United States of America
Editor(s): L Lange
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 120
Sponsoring Agency: Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
National Center for Youth Law
Oakland, CA 94612
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
Youth Law Ctr
San Francisco, CA 94104
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These guidelines for preventing the unnecessary removal of children from their families are intended for use by judges, social service personnel, and attorneys representing children and parents.
Abstract: The Child Welfare Act of 1980 requires judges to determine whether reasonable efforts have been made to enable children to remain safely at home before they are placed in foster care. The act also requires that reasonable efforts be made to reunite foster children with their biological parents. A notable omission from the act, however, is a definition of "reasonable efforts." In an attempt to define reasonable efforts, the guidelines are divided into three sections. The first two sections focus on the legal system and the third section deals with the social service system. Each section provides two kinds of information: 1) basic "black letter" guidelines for attorneys, judges, and social service agency personnel to use in determining whether reasonable efforts have been made to keep families together; and 2) explanatory information on each guideline, including citations of applicable case law, national standards, secondary reference materials, and policy considerations. A list of additional materials and resources to supplement the guidelines is included. An appendix contains a sample court order, sample findings of fact and conclusions of law, and a reasonable efforts checklist.
Main Term(s): Child welfare
Index Term(s): Family intervention programs; Foster homes
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