Determining the Best Interests of the Child - American Samoa


Citation: Ann. Code § 45.0102

The legislature declares that the purposes of this title are to do the following: 

  • Secure for each child subject to these provisions such care and guidance, preferably with his or her own family, as will best serve his or her welfare and the interests of Samoan society
  • Preserve and strengthen aiga (extended family) ties whenever possible
  • Remove a child from the custody of his or her parents only when his or her welfare and safety or the protection of the public would otherwise be endangered
  • Secure for any child removed from the custody of his or her parents the necessary care, guidance, and discipline to assist him or her in becoming a responsible and productive member of society

To carry out these purposes, the provisions of this title shall be liberally construed.