The purpose of this thesis was to complete a policy analysis of the Adoptions and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997, a U.S. federal child welfare policy. Such act was analyzed using David Gil’s social policy method.
The results of this policy analysis reveal that ASFA’s intended effects of permanency and shortened time lines for children in out of home care has not been realized, as since the enactment of ASFA, the length of time children remain in foster care has not declined. In addition, since the enactment of ASFA, families have faced greater challenges in reunifying with their children, including inflexible time frames set forth by ASFA, to terminate parental rights. Further, to promote adoption, states are given financial incentives. Implications for social work practice are discussed.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Public policy|
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