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256F.01 Public policy.

The public policy of this state is to assure that all children live in families that offer a safe, permanent relationship with nurturing parents or caretakers. To help assure children the opportunity to establish lifetime relationships, public social services must strive to provide culturally competent services and be directed toward:

(1) preventing the unnecessary separation of children from their families by identifying family problems, assisting families in resolving their problems, and preventing breakup of the family if it is desirable and possible;

(2) restoring to their families children who have been removed, by continuing to provide services to the reunited child and the families;

(3) placing children in suitable adoptive homes, in cases where restoration to the biological family is not possible or appropriate; and

(4) assuring adequate care of children away from their homes, in cases where the child cannot be returned home or cannot be placed for adoption.

HIST: 1Sp1985 c 9 art 2 s 69; 1991 c 292 art 3 s 10; 1995 c 207 art 4 s 5

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