New Jersey Revised Statutes § 30:4c-61.2 - Permanency Hearing.

30:4C-61.2 Permanency hearing.

50. a. A permanency hearing shall be held that provides review and approval by the court of the placement plan:

(1)within 30 days after the determination of an exception to the reasonable effort requirement to reunify the child with the parent in accordance with section 25 of P.L.1999, c.53 (C.30:4C-11.3); or

(2)no later than 12 months after the child has been in placement.

b.Written notice of the date, time and place of the permanency hearing shall be provided at least 15 days in advance to the following, each of whom shall be entitled to attend the hearing and to submit written information to the court:

(1)the division or agency;

(2)the child;

(3)the parents, including a non-custodial parent or legal guardian;

(4)the temporary caretaker;

(5)any other person or agency whom the court determines has an interest in or information relating to the welfare of the child;

(6)the counsel for a parent, child or other interested party who has provided or is providing representation in the case before the court; and

(7)the child's resource family parent or relative providing care for the child shall also receive written notice of, and shall have a right to be heard at, the hearing, but the resource family parent or relative shall not be made a party to the hearing solely on the basis of the notice and right to be heard.

c.The hearing shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, consideration and evaluation of information provided by the division and other interested parties regarding such matters as:

(1)a statement of the goal for the permanent placement or return home of the child and the anticipated date that the goal will be achieved;

(2)the intermediate objectives relating to the attainment of the goal;

(3)a statement of the duties and responsibilities of the division, the parents or legal guardian and the temporary caretaker, including the services to be provided by the division to the child and to the temporary caretaker;

(4)a statement of the services to be provided to the parent or legal guardian or an exception to the requirement to provide reasonable efforts toward family reunification in accordance with section 25 of P.L.1999, c.53 (C.30:4C-11.3). Services to facilitate adoption or an alternative permanent placement may be provided concurrently with services to reunify the child with the parent or guardian;

(5)a permanency plan which includes whether and, if applicable, when:

(a)the child shall be returned to the parent or guardian, if the child can be returned home without endangering the child's health or safety;

(b)the division has determined that family reunification is not possible and the division shall file a petition for the termination of parental rights for the purpose of adoption; or

(c)the division has determined that termination of parental rights is not appropriate in accordance with section 31 of P.L.1999, c.53 (C.30:4C-15.3) and the child shall be placed in an alternative permanent placement.

d.If the court approves a permanency plan for the child, the court shall make a specific finding of the reasonable efforts made thus far by the division and the appropriateness of the reasonable efforts to achieve the permanency plan.

L.1999, c.53, s.50; amended 2004, c.130, s.91; 2007, c.228, s.8.

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