The purpose of this study was to analyze the Adoption and Safe Families Act's (ASFA) impact of defined timelines on parents, foster/adoption system and children. This study evaluated both overt and covert objectives of the time frames set by ASFA. Since the implementation of ASFA, findings have found that more children in foster care have achieved permanency through adoption. There is a quick turnaround of termination of parental rights due to set time frames for reunification. ASFA's goal of permanency by limiting time frames of reunification has created difficulties for parents to reunify with their children; in turn, most children who are not adopted are left to linger in the foster care system. Differences in circumstances of each family and children in foster care should be considered when implementing time frames. These families often need time to resolve the issues that brought them into the child welfare system.
|Advisor:||Lam, Brian T.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Individual & family studies, Public policy|
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