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
children enter placement, all non-destructive family ties should be maintained
and nurtured.Children should be placed with relatives who are able to provide,
nurturing homes for them, and should be placed with siblings, and relationship with relatives and
sibling should be facilitated and maintained by the child welfare system.
foster care placement should be in the least restrictive, most family-like
setting possible, and the state should
make all efforts to avoid the use of non-family settings for children,
particularly young children.
foster care placement should have stable placements that meet their needs and
the services necessary to address
both the trauma of foster care placement and the problems surrounding their
removal from their family.
should achieve these goals in a family environment whenever possible,
separating the child form the child’s
parents only when necessary for the child’s welfare or in the interest of the
child’s safety keeping a child asclose to home as possible.
has the 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.