Determining the Best Interests of the Child - Indiana

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Citation: Ann. Code § 31-34-19-6 

If consistent with the safety of the community and the best interests of the child, the juvenile court shall enter a dispositional decree that:

  • Is in the least restrictive (most family-like) and most appropriate setting available
  • Is close to the parents' home, consistent with the best interests and special needs of the child
  • Interferes least with family autonomy
  • Is least disruptive of family life
  • Imposes the least restraint on the freedom of the child and the child's parent, guardian, or custodian
  • Provides a reasonable opportunity for participation by the child's parent, guardian, or custodian
  • Provides a reasonable opportunity for the child's parent who is incarcerated and has maintained a meaningful role in the child's life to maintain a relationship with the child

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