Reasonable Efforts to Preserve or Reunify Families and Achieve Permanency for Children - Guam

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What Are Reasonable Efforts

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 19, § 13304

A service plan is a specific, written plan prepared by Child Protective Services and presented to members of the child's family. The service plan should also include, but not necessarily be limited to, the specific services or treatment that the parties will be provided and the specific actions the parties must take or specific responsibilities that the parties must assume.

When Reasonable Efforts Are Required

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 19, § 13304

The service plan should set forth the following:

  • The steps that will be necessary to facilitate the return of the child to a safe family home if the proposed placement of the child is in foster care or in alternate placement outside of the child's home
  • The steps that will be necessary for the child to remain in a safe family home with the assistance of a service plan, if the proposed placement of the child is in a family home under Child Protective Services' supervision
  • The steps that will be necessary to make the family home a safe family home and to terminate intervention of Child Protective Services into the family and eliminate, if possible, the necessity for the filing of a petition with the court under this chapter

When Reasonable Efforts Are NOT Required

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.