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May 2008Vol. 9, No. 4Expediting Permanency for Abandoned Infants

Expediting Permanency for Abandoned Infants: Guidelines for State Policies and Procedures, an updated monograph by the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center, reviews State policies and practices concerning abandonment, recommends timeframes and procedures for terminating parental rights, and identifies promising practices for expediting permanency for infants and youth who are abandoned. The monograph also includes a list of practice recommendations for achieving and maintaining permanency in a timely manner. (PDF - 197 KB)

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