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February 2008Vol. 9, No. 1Judging "Reasonable Efforts"

Judges in child welfare cases are often called upon to determine whether child welfare agencies have made the required reasonable efforts to prevent a child's out-of-home placement, reunify a family, or achieve other permanency outcomes. The role of the judge in making reasonable efforts findings for children is the focus of the latest issue of the Judges' Page Newsletter. Authors representing judicial, child welfare, and youth perspectives share their experiences in making reasonable efforts that represent the best interests of the child. These include making reasonable efforts in cases involving infants, American Indian children, youth, and children with a parent who lives outside the United States.

The Judges' Page Newsletter is a publication of the National CASA in partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. (PDF - 654 KB)