1-19-2023 CIP Cafe’ – Reasonable Efforts: Overview of the Law and Fiscal Implications

The concept of reasonable efforts is a fundamental component in every Child in Need of Care (CINC) case. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has the burden of demonstrating reasonable efforts to prevent or eliminate the need for removal and to finalize the permanent plan for the child if the child is removed. The judge is required to make written and individualized reasonable efforts findings at the Continued Custody, Disposition, and Permanency Hearings.


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