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The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997: A policy analysis
by Yip, Stephanie M., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 75; 1499315
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to conduct an in-depth analysis of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997. ASFA's aim was to decrease the number of children in foster care as well as their duration of stay by promoting permanency via adoption. A review of the scholarly literature is provided to place ASFA within the historical context of foster care and the child welfare system.

The results of this study indicate that while the number of adoptions have increased, so have the number of children waiting to be adopted and who continue to linger in care. ASFA has also created unintended consequences for children and families of color and who are in poverty. Limitations to the study as well as implications for social work policy and practice are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chambers, Ruth M.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Individual & family studies
Publication Number: 1499315
ISBN: 978-1-124-85815-9
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