Thursday, October 31, 2013

ANYTIME SOCIAL SERVICES FAILS TO REUNITE FAMILY IN SAFE CONDITIONS FOR EXAMPLE NEW YORK MILLS AND WELCOME MANOR REASONABLE EFFORT IS NOT MET. ANYTIME SERVICES ARE NOT OFFERED BEFORE REMOVAL REASONABLE EFFORT WAS NOT MET.

RECORD SHOWS BRIEF CONVERSATION AND MINNESOTA SAYS WHEN POVERTY PLAYS A ROLE NO MALTREATMENT SHALL BE FOUND AND SERVICES MUST BE OFFERED



Minnesota
What Are Reasonable Efforts?
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 260.012
Reasonable efforts are made upon the exercise of due diligence by the responsible social services agency to use
culturally appropriate and available services to meet the needs of the child and the child’s family. Services may include
those provided by the responsible social services agency and other culturally appropriate services available in the
community.
When determining whether reasonable efforts have been made, the court shall consider whether services to the child
and family were:
• Relevant to the safety and protection of the child
• Adequate to meet the needs of the child and family
• Culturally appropriate
• Available and accessible
• Consistent and timely
• Realistic under the circumstances
In the case of an Indian child, the responsible social services agency must provide active efforts, as required by the Indian
Child Welfare Act of 1978.
When Reasonable Efforts Are Required
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 260.012
The social services agency has the burden of demonstrating that:
• It has made reasonable efforts to prevent placement of the child in foster care.
• It has made reasonable efforts to eliminate the need for removal of the child from the child’s home and to reunify
the child with the child’s family at the earliest possible time.
• It has made reasonable efforts to finalize an alternative permanent home for the child, and it has considered
permanent alternative homes for the child inside or outside of the State.
• Reasonable efforts to prevent placement and to reunify the child with the parent or guardian are not required.