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8.3C.4  TITLE IV-E, Foster Care Maintenance Payments Program, State Plan/Procedural Requirements, Reasonable efforts

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Question 1.  
What is the definition of "reasonable efforts?"
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Question 2.  
The statute states that a court of competent jurisdiction may find that reasonable efforts are not required. Please clarify what is meant by the term "court of competent jurisdiction".
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Question 3.  
Are States required to engage in concurrent planning or is it at State option?
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Question 4.  
The regulations, at 45 CFR 1356.21 (b)(3), list the circumstances under which the court may determine that reasonable efforts are not required to prevent removal or to reunify the child and family. Are there other circumstances under which the court may determine that reasonable efforts are not required?
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Question 5.  
Can Indian tribes identify, in tribal code, those aggravated circumstances in which reasonable efforts are not required in accordance with section 471 (a)(15)(D)(i) of the Social Security Act?
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Question 6.  
What are the requirements with respect to the timing for obtaining judicial determinations that reasonable efforts are not required to reunify a family?
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