Alaska Statutes.
Title 47. Welfare, Social Services and Institutions
Chapter 5. Administration of Welfare, Social Services and Institutions
Section 60. Purpose and Policy Relating to Children.
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AS 47.05.060. Purpose and Policy Relating to Children.

The purpose of this title as it relates to children is to secure for each child the care and guidance, preferably in the child's own home, that will serve the moral, emotional, mental, and physical welfare of the child and the best interests of the community; to preserve and strengthen the child's family ties unless efforts to preserve and strengthen the ties are likely to result in physical or emotional damage to the child, removing the child from the custody of the parents only as a last resort when the child's welfare or safety or the protection of the public cannot be adequately safeguarded without removal; and, when the child is removed from the family, to secure for the child adequate custody and care and adequate planning for permanent placement of the child.

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