Court Hearings for the Permanent Placement of Children - Virgin Islands

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Schedule of Hearings

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 5, § 2554

The status of a child removed from the home shall be reviewed at least once every 6 months following the initial order of disposition.

Persons Entitled to Attend Hearings

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 5, § 2554

Notice of a hearing must be provided to any party to the proceeding.

Determinations Made at Hearings

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 5, § 2554

At the hearing, the court shall determine the following:

  • What services have been provided or offered to the parents to facilitate reunion
  • Whether the parents or guardians are satisfied with the services offered
  • The extent to which the parents have visited the child and any reasons why visitation has not occurred or has been infrequent
  • Whether the agency is satisfied with the level of the parent's cooperation
  • Whether additional services are needed to facilitate the return of the child to his or her parents or guardian
  • When the return of the child may be expected

Permanency Options

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 5, § 2501

Permanency options include the following:

  • Return to the parent
  • Adoption
  • Placement in another permanent setting