should have the best possible opportunity to grow up within a safe, nurturing
family, wither their biological family or if
that is not possible, within an adoptive family.
should make reasonable efforts to avoid foster care placement by providing
services to preserve the biological
family whenever that is reasonable possible.However, child welfare decision-makers
must have the professional capacity to make determinations as to when making efforts to preserve the biological family, or leaving
the child with that family is neither safe for the child nor likely to lead to an appropriate result for
children in foster care should be significant participants in the planning and
decision-making concerning their children.
out-of-home placements must have timely decision-making about where and with
whom they will spend their childhood, and
timely implementation of whatever decisions have been made.
in need of child welfare services should receive full and equal access to the
best available services, regardless of
race, religion, ethnicity, or disabilities.
has primary responsibility for the care and protection of children who enter
the foster care system insofar as it
relies on private contractors to assist in meeting this responsibility, it
should only do so according to
standards set by and rigorously monitored by the state.
must be as temporary an arrangement as possible, with its goal being to
provide a permanent home for the child as
quickly as possible.In making the
determination about what plans and services
will best meet this goal, the child’s interests must be paramount.