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.
out-of-home placement must have timely decision-making about where are with whom they will whatever decisions
have been made.
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.