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Reasonable Efforts

Reasonable efforts is a legal term describing the level of services and assistance that should be offered by a social service or child protection agency to a child and family members during the life of a child welfare case.

National CASA offers the following resources to help child welfare advocates understand reasonable efforts.

Publications - National CASA

  • Judges' Page Newsletter (October 2007): Reasonable Efforts in the Dependency Court (654 KB PDF) 
    Publication provides a series of brief articles on the topic from multiple perspectives: judicial, tribal, developmental, international and that of a foster youth.

Publications - Other Organizations

Websites

 

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