Based upon a model reasonable efforts family court initiative, the director of human services and the chief justice of the supreme court or their designees shall jointly establish and implement a statewide protocol for reasonable efforts, as defined in section 232.102. In addition, the director and the chief justice shall design and implement a system for judicial and departmental reasonable efforts education for deployment throughout the state. The system for reasonable efforts education shall be developed in a manner which addresses the particular needs of rural areas and shall include but is not limited to all of the following topics:
1. Regular training concerning mental or emotional disorders which may afflict children and the impact children with such disorders have upon their families.
2. The duties of judicial and departmental employees associated with placing a child removed from the child's home into a permanent home and the urgency of the placement for the child.
3. The essential elements, including writing techniques, in developing effective permanency plans.
4. The essential elements of gathering evidence sufficient for the evidentiary standards required for judicial orders under this chapter.
92 Acts, ch 1229, § 19; 95 Acts, ch 182, § 13; 98 Acts, ch 1190, §28
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