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Message ID: 8629
Date: 2010-09-29

Author:D F MCMAHON

Subject:15/22 rule

I am aware that at least one state (don't recall which, but have read the statute) requires agencies to allow the full 15 out of 22 consecutive months of out of home placement to elapse before filing TPR petitions unless a court has ruled that reasonable efforts are not required. I am aware--but have not seen the actual statutes--that some states lessen the allowed reunification time in certain circumstances, including the parent having a serious mental illness. I'd like to get some sense of the background to the federal 15/22 rule, and to what extent it was intended by this legislation to not only ensure opportunities for permanency, but also to ensure opportunities for reunification. I would also like to get a sense of practice patterns in terms of what time frames states actually use before initiating TPR prior to the 15/22 time period, and whether states typically seek any kind of court sanction in those cases. This may be a question more of legal practice than anything else, but the 15/22 benchmark had to come from somewhere. Sheri McMahon

I am aware that at least one state (don't recall which, but have read the statute) requires agencies to allow the full 15 out of 22 consecutive months of out of home placement to elapse before filing TPR petitions unless a court has ruled that reasonable efforts are not required. I am aware--but have not seen the actual statutes--that some states lessen the allowed reunification time in certain circumstances, including the parent having a serious mental illness. I'd like to get some sense of the background to the federal 15/22 rule, and to what extent it was intended by this legislation to not only ensure opportunities for permanency, but also to ensure opportunities for reunification. I would also like to get a sense of practice patterns in terms of what time frames states actually use before initiating TPR prior to the 15/22 time period, and whether states typically seek any kind of court sanction in those cases. This may be a question more of legal practice than anything else, but the 15/22 benchmark had to come from somewhere. Sheri McMahon