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Burden of Proof Begone: The Pernicious Effect of Emergency
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Reasonable Efforts (PDF File)- "With the child's health and safety as
the paramount concern, the dependency court judge is required to rule
whether or not a child welfare agency has made reasonable efforts toward
preventing a child's removal from his home, reunifying the child and
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Timing of Termination of Parental Rights: A Balancing Act for
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