The purpose of this study was to perform an analysis of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997 and its impact on incarcerated parents. ASFA aimed to promote permanency for children in the foster care system through reunification and adoption. The aim was to reduce that population and shorten the length of stay. However, some protocols of AFSA, primarily the timeframes for reunification pose a barrier to incarcerated parents. A review of academic literature is presented provide a historical context for ASFA’s implementation within the child welfare system. The analysis is based on an updated version of Brandeis Professor Dr. David Gil’s pioneer framework.
ASFA has had unintended consequences. The number of children waiting for adoptive families continues to be higher than the number of completed adoptions, and children continue to spend long periods of time in out-of-home care. There is great disparity regarding the number of African American and Latino children in the foster care system who not achieve permanency. The number of African American parents whose parental rights are terminated and who are incarcerated is significantly higher than those of White parents. Implications for further research and advocacy are provided.
|Advisor:||Pasztor, Eileen Mayers|
|Commitee:||Campbell, Venetta, Ranney, Molly|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 57/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Adoption, Asfa, Child welfare, Incarceration, Parents, Reunification|
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