should have the best possible opportunity to grow up within a safe, nurturing family, either 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
reasonably 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 the child.
children in foster care should be significant participants in the planning and decision-making concerning their