April 17, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has issued a ruling that sets a new precedent for placing foster children with families.
The court decided Thursday that judges must consider the best interests of the child over other factors in deciding where to place children.
Previously judges were given some leeway to give preference to family members of children permanently removed from their parents.
But a unanimous decision filed Thursday ordered a Clark County district judge to drop his decision to place a now 4-year-old girl with with her aunt and uncle, rather than foster parents.
A judge still could decide to place the girl with her relatives.
But under the high court's new ruling such an order must be based solely on whether it is in the girl's best interests.