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National Best Practice Manuals
The National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges (NCJFCJ) published a best practices manual entitled "Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases." The purpose of the Resource Guidelines is to "set forth the essential elements of properly conducted court hearings." The Resource Guidelines also "describe the requirements of juvenile protection courts in fulfilling the role placed upon them as a result of the federal and state laws." The Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases manual is available at: http://www.ncjfcj.org/images/stories/dept/ppcd/pdf/resguide.pdf
The NCJFCJ published a second manual entitled "Adoption and Permanency Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases." Building upon the foundation of the Resource Guidelines, the purpose of theAdoption and Permanency Guidelines is to "set forth the essential elements of best practice for the court processes that lead to a permanent home for children who cannot be reunified with their families." The Adoption and Permanency Guidelines manual is available at: http://www.ncjfcj.org/images/stories/dept/ppcd/pdf/aandpguidelinesbookcompact.pdf
Minnesota's Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure and Rules of Adoption Procedure are based upon the principles of the Resource Guidelines and the Adoption and Permanency Guidelines.
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