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ACT NO. 21


Juvenile proceedings; children in need of care or supervision;

judicial determinations

This act requires the family court to make written findings whether the department for children and families made reasonable efforts to prevent the removal of a suspected abused or neglected child from his or her home, and whether the department made reasonable efforts to finalize a permanency plan for the child.

The act does not change in any way the law with regard to whether a child should or should not be removed from a home, but rather makes a written record of whether the state made a reasonable effort to prevent it, if possible. Federal law requires that such determinations be made by a state court in order for the state to collect federal dollars for the care of the child in the foster care system. Vermont currently receives approximately $22 million a year for this purpose.

Specifically, the act requires:

Effective Date: July 1, 2005

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont