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Message ID: 9176
Date: 2012-06-08

Author:bfgreene

Subject:Re: Reasonable Efforts data and Visitation Issues

About a dozen years or so ago I served as Special Master in a federal class action suit against Illinois DCFS. We sought to determine the extent to which the agency, and private agencies with which it contracted, encouraged visits between parents and their children who had been placed in foster care but were slated for "reunification". We tracked several hundred cases over several weeks to determine how often visits occurred, where they occurred and what effort, if any, had been made to encourage visits when they were not occurring with the regularity specified in the service plan. I don't know if that report would serve the interests of those of you recently inquiring about "visitation" and about "reasonable efforts". I probably could dig it up if would help. On Jun 8, 2012, at 1:53 AM, Peggy Taylor wrote: > > Rose, > > It's been several years, but I did some research on this and the only literature I could locate about reasonable efforts findings was in the legal literature. There were several interesting discussions of the legal issues, but I don't recall if there was data or not. > > Anecdotally, I have heard of very few instances of reasonable efforts rulings against the state or the private child welfare agencies in Kansas. There are considerable differences in CW practice among the judicial districts. And I suspect there are considerable differences in legal outcomes when families retain private counsel. But I don't know of any available data. > > > > On Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 9:56 AM, Rose Wentz wrote: > I am looking for data on how frequently judges rule against the child welfare agency on the reasonable efforts requirement. I would like to know both for RE to prevent removal and RE to provide reunification services. Does anyone know if there is a source or if someone has done an assessment on this? Overall data would be great but even better if there is information why the judge made the ruling. > > > > Thank you, > > > > Rose Wentz > > Rose@WentzTraining.com > > 206 579-8615 > > Brandon F. Greene, Ph.D. -Professor, Behavior Analysis & Therapy -Director, Project 12-Ways Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL 62901 Ph: 618-453-2434 Fax: 618-453-2450

About a dozen years or so ago I served as Special Master in a federal class action suit against Illinois DCFS. We sought to determine the extent to which the agency, and private agencies with which it contracted, encouraged visits between parents and their children who had been placed in foster care but were slated for "reunification". We tracked several hundred cases over several weeks to determine how often visits occurred, where they occurred and what effort, if any, had been made to encourage visits when they were not occurring with the regularity specified in the service plan. I don't know if that report would serve the interests of those of you recently inquiring about "visitation" and about "reasonable efforts". I probably could dig it up if would help. On Jun 8, 2012, at 1:53 AM, Peggy Taylor wrote: > > Rose, > > It's been several years, but I did some research on this and the only literature I could locate about reasonable efforts findings was in the legal literature. There were several interesting discussions of the legal issues, but I don't recall if there was data or not. > > Anecdotally, I have heard of very few instances of reasonable efforts rulings against the state or the private child welfare agencies in Kansas. There are considerable differences in CW practice among the judicial districts. And I suspect there are considerable differences in legal outcomes when families retain private counsel. But I don't know of any available data. > > > > On Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 9:56 AM, Rose Wentz wrote: > I am looking for data on how frequently judges rule against the child welfare agency on the reasonable efforts requirement. I would like to know both for RE to prevent removal and RE to provide reunification services. Does anyone know if there is a source or if someone has done an assessment on this? Overall data would be great but even better if there is information why the judge made the ruling. > > > > Thank you, > > > > Rose Wentz > > RoseWentzTraining.com > > 206 579-8615 > > Brandon F. Greene, Ph.D. -Professor, Behavior Analysis & Therapy -Director, Project 12-Ways Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL 62901 Ph: 618-453-2434 Fax: 618-453-2450