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Reasonable Efforts to Preserve or Reunify Families and Achieve Permanency for Children
Series: State Statutes|
Child Welfare Information Gateway |
|Year Published: 2012|
Current Through October 2012
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This factsheet discusses laws that require child welfare agencies to make reasonable efforts to provide services that will help families remedy the conditions that brought the child and family into the child welfare system. The issues examined include what constitutes reasonable efforts, when reasonable efforts are required to be made, and the circumstances under which reasonable efforts to reunify the family are not required. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
When Reasonable Efforts Are Required
When Reasonable Efforts Are Not Required
Summaries of State Laws
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Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2013). Reasonable efforts to preserve or reunify families and achieve permanency for children. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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