The likelihood of abusive behavior recurring should be the primary basis for deciding whether or not the child should return home. This is often difficult to establish with any certainty. For this reason and because of the possible serious consequences to the child, any disposition of an abuse case (or serious abuse) should be a shared decision. Expert opinions from psychologists or psychiatrists can be helpful in determining potential for further abuse.
Related Subject: Section 4 Chapter 10.1 Legal Basis and Section 7 Chapter 34 Laws Relating to Custody, Placement and Visitation of Children Under the Jurisdiction of Juvenile Court