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Posted in COVID19-Category.

“Despite the public health crisis that exists, it is critical that child welfare agencies and courts work together to ensure that the requisite judicial proceedings continue during this time of uncertainty[.]” See Department of Health & Human Services, Children’s Bureau Letter to Child Welfare and Judicial Leaders, which details the judicial determinations and proceedings that must be held in order to satisfy Title IV-E requirements as well as suggestions for ensuring courts continue “to practice in a manner consistent with constitutional principles and to serve the best interests of children[.]” Suggestions include, but are not limited to refraining from issuing blanket orders that suspend or postpone court hearings, ensuring that hearings are conducted on a case-by-case basis, and encouraging attorneys to resolve agreed-upon issues by stipulation. In addition, it is critical for court to “take all measures possible to continue ensuring that parents and children receive services and treatment.” For more information, refer to the letter in its entirety.

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