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
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 the child.
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.