Determining the Best Interests of the Child

Date: September 2023

Series Title: State Statutes Series

Author(s): Information Gateway

Year Published: 2024

File Size: 518 KB

Current Through: 09-30-2023

Factors that must be considered when making decisions about a child's appropriate custody and care include parental capacity to provide adequate care, sibling and other family relationships, and the child's wishes. Summaries of laws on this topic for all individual States and U.S. territories are available from the State, Territory, and Tribal Resources page.

This publication is a product of the State Statutes Series prepared by Child Welfare Information Gateway. While every attempt has been made to be as complete as possible, additional information on these topics may be in other sections of a State's code as well as agency regulations, case law, and informal practices and procedures.

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