|U.S. Administration for Children and Families – October 05, 2022
A judge’s reasonable efforts decisions at child welfare hearings may avoid separating families and help children achieve permanency faster.1 As a result, judges play a critical role in child welfare cases, yet there is limited research on how they make decisions or how those decisions relate to case outcomes. The Reasonable Efforts Findings Study (REFS) seeks to better understand how judges’ reasonable efforts decisions relate to case outcomes for children.
|Also: Report: Introducing the Reasonable Efforts Findings Study: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/documents/opre/jdmhq_study_design_sept2022.pdf