Legal and Court Issues in Permanency
Guidance for achieving permanency for children served by child welfare agencies is provided in Federal and State law and policy. Permanency goals must be approved by the courts, and periodic court hearings review permanency plans for children in foster care to ensure adequate progress is being made toward those goals.
- Federal laws related to permanency
- State laws related to permanency
- Working With the courts for permanency
ABA Center on Children and the Law
A full-service technical assistance, training, and research program addressing a broad spectrum of law and court-related topics affecting children. Operates the Children's Bureau's National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues.
Child Welfare and the Law
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Organizations that provide services related to child welfare and the law.
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL): Child Welfare
NCSL serves the legislators and staff of the nation's 50 States, its commonwealths, and territories. Includes summaries of changes to State laws and how legislatures can be involved in the Federal Child and Family Services Reviews.
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ): Child Abuse and Neglect
NCJFCJ works with judges, jurisdictions, and communities nationwide to implement best practices and improve outcomes for the nation's abused and neglected children and their families.