Reasonable Efforts Project

H.R. 2264
Enacted August 10, 1993
Enacted as title XIII, chapter 2, subchapter C, part 1 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993
This title amended title IV-B of the Social Security Act.

Reasonable Efforts to Preserve or Reunify Families and Achieve Permanency for Children

Series: State Statutes

Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway

Year Published: 2012

Georgia

What Are Reasonable Efforts?
Citation: Ann. Code § 15-11-58
Reasonable efforts are measures taken by the Division of Family and Children Services of the Department of Human
Services and other appropriate agencies to preserve and reunify families.
When Reasonable Efforts Are Required
Citation: Ann. Code § 15-11-58
Reasonable efforts shall be made to preserve and reunify families:
• Prior to placement of a child in the custody of the department to prevent or eliminate the need for removing the
child from the child’s home
• To make it possible for a child to return safely to the child’s home
If continuation of reasonable efforts of the type described above is determined to be inconsistent with the permanency
plan for the child, reasonable efforts shall be made to place the child in a timely manner in accordance with the
permanency plan and to complete whatever steps are necessary to finalize the permanent placement of the child.

When Reasonable Efforts Are NOT Required
Citation: Ann. Code § 15-11-58
Reasonable efforts are not required when a court determines that:
• The parent has subjected the child to aggravated circumstances that may include abandonment, torture, chronic
abuse, and sexual abuse.
• The parent has committed or attempted to commit murder or voluntary manslaughter of another child of the
parent.
• The parent has committed a felony assault that resulted in serious bodily injury to the child or another child of the
parent.
• The parent’s parental rights to a sibling have been terminated involuntarily.

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