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Judith McGuinness

If reunification efforts are unsuccessful then adoption is the preferred permanent plan, as more legally and emotionally stable for the child. In the case of KLG orders can be vacated and the child can be returned to the bio parents not so in adoption. In KLG the parents still have visitations with the child unless the court denies it, parents rights are not terminated. The parents also make decisions with the kinship legal guardian. The pros for the child is that they are with family, possibly staying within the same community and can remain in the same school with their friends. The kin could still maintain a long-term stable environment and be more willing to take siblings or at least have sibling visitation.