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This bill would require social workers to observe "at least two successful visits" between parents or guardians and their child and "provide documentation of the successful visits to the court for its consideration" before recommending that physical custody of the child be restored to their parents or guardians. To be successful, the visits must include at least one hour of observation and the visits must be at least seven days apart.
This bill is too broad in that it requires every situation to be handled a certain way without respecting the unique circumstances of each situation in which children may be removed from their parents, including situations where children are wrongly removed from their parents. While the proposed procedure may be best for some cases, it should not be required for all cases.
See "Bill History" link below.
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