Determining the Best Interests of the Child - Pennsylvania


Citation: Cons. Stat. Tit. 42, § 6301(b)(1), (1.1), (3), (4) 

This chapter shall be interpreted and construed as to effectuate the following purposes:

  • To preserve the unity of the family whenever possible or to provide another alternative permanent family when the unity of the family cannot be maintained
  • To provide for the care, protection, safety, and wholesome mental and physical development of children coming within the provisions of this chapter 
  • To achieve the foregoing purposes in a family environment whenever possible, separating the child from parents only when necessary for his or her welfare, safety, or health, or in the interests of public safety
  • To provide means through which the provisions of this chapter are executed and enforced and in which the parties are assured a fair hearing, and their constitutional and other legal rights recognized and enforced