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.
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.
out-of-home placement must have timely decision-making about where and with whom they will spend their childhood, and
timely implementation of whatever
decisions have been made.